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Speckled trout, permit good catches around area

Inshore angling this week is just as encouraging as fishing on the Gulf. Large speckled trout are feeding around the Pinellas Point area. Randy Benner fished the grasslines at the point and caught nine weighing 2 to 4 pounds each. He used live shrimp for bait.

Permit, a summer species, are being caught around the old 10-cent toll bridge at Tierra Verde, and at the passes at Sarasota.

Fiddler crabs are dynamite bait for permit, with jigs a close second.

One of the best artificial baits, according to bait store owner Larry Mastry, are pompano jigs. They are one-quarter-ounce jigs with a No.

1 hook and a short skirt. Best colors are orange, yellow and pink.

Anglers interested in kingfish will find them in about 50 feet of water. Slow-trolled ballyhoo have been the best baits.