Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Working with the wind can improve your fishing outing

Patience has long been the key to successful fishing, and waiting for better weather is just another part of the process. For those with the urge, however, there are some ways to get around the often inclement winter weather.

Because of the makeup of our coastline, it's hard to hide from northerly and southerly winds. Our area passes, including Clearwater, John's, Blind, Pass-a-Grille and Bunces, offer shelter from the wind and provide fishing opportunities along the jetties, docks and natural shoreline.

Sheepshead, trout, redfish, pompano, snook and a host of others often will gang up in these areas to ambush baits being flushed in and out by the tide.

Strong westerly wind will keep most anglers out of the Gulf, but the backside of barrier islands from Honeymoon Island to Mullet Key will remain relatively calm and, at times, offer outstanding flats fishing.

Other bay and inland waters, including residential canals, will be less choppy and a safe haven particularly for small boaters.

Easterly wind is the most doable. With miles of natural hard bottom strung along our shoreline in the gulf — much of it within the comfort of a mile or two from shore — the opportunities are endless.

Some time ago, Pinellas County Utilities began building beach nourishment reefs along Indian Shores and Sand Key. In 2006, the project was completed, and there now are 29 mitigation reefs from 100-900 yards offshore in only about 15 feet of water.

These reefs provide a home for many species and are easily accessible. Pinellas County Utilities has provided a reef guide showing all of the coordinates.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.

Captain's Corner: Working with the wind can improve your fishing outing 02/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Chasing 125: Bucs hope to hit rushing goal more often


    Ever so often, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter pulls back the curtain a bit and shares some of the stats that matter to him most as a coach.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
  2. Bucs-Jaguars was NFL's lowest-rated ESPN game since 2005


    It is just the preseason, and it is the Jaguars, but Thursday night's Bucs-Jags preseason game earned a 1.6 rating on ESPN, which is the lowest-rated preseason game (excluding NFL Network) in 12 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, talks with coach Dirk Koetter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  3. Roberto Aguayo, Jonathan Drouin, Tim Beckham are coming for revenge


    Forget the Three Tenors.

    Make it the Three Terrors.

    The 2017 Unfulfilled Expectations Tour is about to hit Tampa Bay.

    From left, former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, ex-Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and former Rays infielder Tim Beckham. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times; DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times; Getty Images]
  4. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Lucas Duda in the sixth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field on Friday.
  5. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz celebrates his Trop-record 482-foot home run in the ninth inning.