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Captain's Corner: Weather patterns can affect plans

It has been a wild winter with nonstop fronts passing through, low temperatures and high rainfall. These conditions can make even the best anglers resort to changing the way they plan their day.

Location: A change in wind direction can often cause fish to move from their normal areas. Look to places that provide shelter, such as the lee of a shoreline, seawall or large shoreside buildings. These areas will have the cleanest water and might be warmer. A difference of just a few degrees can cause fish to congregate and stimulate feeding behavior.

Best baits: With the water temperature still around 60, a slow presentation has produced the best. Trout and redfish, the most tolerant of the cold, have responded well to live shrimp and scented artificial baits presented with no weight and little movement. Slight twitches of the rod tip with long pauses in between will keep the bait in the zone longer.

Tips: Fish are still a little lethargic, and strikes can be hard to detect. Circle hooks will help prevent deep hooking and insure a healthy release for fish that aren't kept.

Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.

Captain's Corner: Weather patterns can affect plans 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 8:02pm]
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