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Inshore fishing action heats along west-central Florida coast

What's hot: Temperatures on the flats around the bay area have climbed into the 70s, producing fantastic inshore action. In the North Suncoast, snook, redfish and big speckled trout have been active.

Bait: Scaled sardines, also known as white bait, greenbacks or pilchards, have been the key, with schools on the grassflats along the mainland shoreline.

Mixed bag: During periods of high water, snook, redfish and trout have often been found in the same spots. We targeted reds around oyster bars and also caught snook and trout. Drifting live sardines has been the method of choice. Water around the river has been very clear, so live chumming is often counterproductive because it draws terns that cast shadows over the gamefish or dive into the water, spooking them. Most snook have been in the 24- to 32-inch class. The average redfish has varied depending on the spot. Some areas are loaded with 18-inch fish; others are holding fewer but much larger ones.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at info@lighttacklecharters.com or (727) 944-3474

Inshore fishing action heats along west-central Florida coast 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 9:27pm]
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