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Captain's Corner: What to watch for as weather clears

What's hot: There isn't much fishing going on in the Tampa Bay area now, but it looks like the weather should straighten out by the weekend.

What's ahead: With a full moon approaching we will continue to see astronomical high tides for the next week or so. With all that water on the flats, redfishing will be both good and frustrating. The reds have been pushed way up under the mangroves at high tide and won't come out unless they're hungry, target the last half of the incoming tide and expect the bite to slow when the tide goes slack and then pick back up again when it starts to go out. Cut pinfish and or ladyfish chunks are top baits for this type of fishing.

What else? Big outgoing tides coming up by the weekend should set the stage for a good snook bite; the fish will be tightly bunched on sand shoals near the passes. Free-line live pilchards if the water is clean enough to see the fish; however, you'll probably do better by weighting down a frisky grass grunt or pinfish, these bigger baits usually attract the attention of the larger fish.

Tip: Use extreme caution when this weather breaks. Tree branches and dock debris will be adrift due to the wind and rough water, and things might have floated off from docks and back yards.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email

Captain's Corner: What to watch for as weather clears 06/26/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 7:02pm]
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