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Captain's Corner: With weather improving, anglers return to water for challenge

What's hot: Water temperatures have climbed slowly back to seasonal norms. Record cold has been replaced by nice weather, so anglers are returning to the water to catch trout and other fish tolerant of cold water. Spotted sea trout and their cousins, silver trout, are feeding more actively now than a week ago. The water temperature in Tampa Bay has risen to about 60 degrees, triggering some feeding. Small soft-plastic jigs or live shrimp will produce.

Tackle: Ultralight spinning equipment can enhance the experience of trout fishing. Trout are not known to have a spectacular fight, but when catching them on the light stuff, it can be really fun. Subtle strikes can be more easily detected with this gear, leading to more hookups.

Tip: This is a great time to deal with maintenance issues. Marine mechanics are slow, as are reel repairmen. A few drops of oil on the main spindle, under the spool of spinning reels, will keep the bearings smoothly rolling. Typically, repair issues with fishing reels should be left to the experts. Precision springs and other small parts can leap off a reel during repair.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa Bay and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or or e-mail to

Captain's Corner: With weather improving, anglers return to water for challenge 01/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 8:25pm]
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