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Cooling Off!

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Hey everyone! Here is my latest report! Cooler waters have definitely stimulated the bite in north Pinellas. The nearshore species like mangrove snapper, kingfish, spanish mackerel, cobia, barracuda and sharks have all been cooperating. The artificial reefs have held all of these fish, especially spanish mackerel. Anchoring up near a good rockpile and chumming with a few sardines usually brings them in. Large sardines or threadfin herring will get eaten by both spanish mackerel and the larger kingfish. Longshank hooks are a must to prevent breakoffs. Wire can be used if the kings are breaking off, however in clearer waters, the bites can be less frequent. Chumming with cut pieces of bait will bring the mangrove snapper up from the bottom at times, but not always. I like to downsize leader to between 15 - 25lb, as well as a smaller circle hook. Add a split shot and drop a piece of cut bait back, allowing the tide to drift your bait into the zone you are chumming. Be prepared, small groupers will often attack, pulling you quickly into the rocks. Light spinning tackle is usually no match for the grouper, so if they become too much, switch to more conventional rods. Inshore fishing has been good as well. The strong lowtides have pushed many fish out to the edges of the flats. Trout, redfish, and snook have all been sharing the same holes and cuts leading back to the flats. The beginning of the incoming tide has been best.
That's what is going on out here. Don't hesitate to call or email to book your day on the water. Also, gift certificates are always available! Holidays are coming! Let's go fishing!

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