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Captain's Corner: Warmer weather improves inshore fishing

What's hot: Though the recent chill put a damper on inshore fishing, signs are that things are coming around. Redfish and spotted sea trout are more tolerant of cold than snook, and with the water temperature creeping up, they have begun feeding again. Redfish have been found in pods of four to eight. During high tides, a few can be found on oyster bars, rather than in a bunch in one spot. This means you can expect a few strikes per spot.

Bait tips: Small, live pinfish are great for this type of fishing. They are very hearty, so they can be cast many times, and they are impervious to attack from other pinfish. Live shrimp work well, too, but are usually nibbled apart by the marauding pinfish. Soft plastic jerkbaits are the top choice for artificial baits. They can be fished slowly and subtly, which reduces the chance of spooking the fish.

Trout time: Spotted sea trout have been scattered, but the bite is improving daily. Drifting over deep grass flats has produced specks up to 3 pounds. A bonus to this technique is the occasional bluefish or pompano bite. The biggest trout are being caught in less than 3 feet of water. Overcast conditions and low light periods are the best times to stalk them.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 944-3474.

Captain's Corner: Warmer weather improves inshore fishing 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:34pm]
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