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CAPTAIN'S CORNER

If you have been reading about all the great fishing going on and still are not catching fish, don't be afraid to change from your favorite lure, live bait or location, because what was good yesterday might not be tomorrow.

Here are some changes that happened to me this week: The Egmont ship channel was so full of kingfish you could limit out every time the bite was on, but Saturday only a handful of anglers boated kings _ and that was out of more than 200 boats. It turned out the Clearwater area had the fish, and the bite was hot.

Gator trout had been feeding heavily on the incoming tide when we were using root-beer jigs, but now they want chartreuse jigs or corked white baits fished during the strong outgoing tide.

Snook and reds would be on one side of an island one day, and the next they would be on the other or not around at all.

All these changes won't help my fishing in the coming days because they will probably just change again. At least I'll know to change my tactics and location if I'm going to keep up with the fish and their ever-changing ways.

_ Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg. Call (813) 347-1389.

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