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Captain's Corner: Warmer is better for trout and reds

Weather: The recent warm days made for better fishing. Over the past two weeks, we caught several seatrout, redfish and juvenile tarpon. We caught all of these fish on quarter-ounce jigs with a natural color 3-inch swim tail.

Seatrout: The trout were schooled around spoil islands at the mouth of the Anclote River, Anclote Key and along the east side of Three Rooker Bar, where we used a drift bag to slow our progress over the flat. Around Three Rooker Bar, we used jigs to boat several fish as long as 22 inches. We used a trolling motor around the spoil islands at the mouth of the river to move slowly and quietly and boated several trout as long as 20 inches.

Redfish: The redfish are moving out onto the flats in the afternoon after the sun heats up the shallow grass flats. We landed oversized fish as long as 33 inches using small jigs and soft-plastic jerkbaits. Look for flats with grass, potholes and moving current. These redfish are easily spooked in this clear, shallow water, so use a stealth approach.

Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.

Captain's Corner: Warmer is better for trout and reds 02/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 8, 2010 9:40pm]
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