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Captain's Corner: Warmer temperatures spice up fishing

During the next two months the trick will be to try to fish the warmer days. This may be more important fishing the moon phase. On the warm days sea trout, redfish and snook are much more active, and more active fish are more likely to eat.

Mornings versus afternoons: The afternoons may produce better fishing than first thing in the morning. This will give the sun a chance to warm up the shallow flat where these fish are located. Just a few hours of the sun shining on the shallow flats will heat up the water by several degrees. These warmer water temperatures can make the difference between a good fishing trip and poor one.

Baits: I like to fish with artificial baits this time of year. Most of the time I will use an eighth-ounce jig with a shad tail or a slow sinking jerk bait. This will allow you to work the area you are fishing. Once you locate the fish, start fishing with live bait such as white bait, shrimp or small pinfish.

If you must fish the cold days: The best thing to fish for on those cold days are sheepshead. You can locate them in deep water canals around docks and rock piles. Most canal systems such as Gulf Harbors, Sea Pines and Hernando Beach are great places to look for these striped bandits.

Captain's Corner: Warmer temperatures spice up fishing 01/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 30, 2009 3:49pm]

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