By WADE OSBORNE
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 15, 2002
Inshore anglers looking for a variety of fish shouldn't overlook numerous power plant outflows in our area. The Hooker's Point, Big Bend, Gandy and Anclote plants are producing excellent catches. The most abundant species are trout, permit, pompano, black drum, jack crevalle and ladyfish. Tarpon, snook, cobia, flounder and redfish are being caught to a lesser degree.
Frigid water temperatures on the flats have pushed fish into tropical water temperatures created by these power plants. Getting an early morning start is important, especially on weekends, because of heavy boat traffic. The good spots can fill up fast.
The most productive technique of late has been working a 1/4-ounce jig head with a short piece of yellow plastic body. Tip the hook with a live shrimp. Ten-pound spinning gear is all that's needed unless you're targeting tarpon, then you'll want 25-pound gear. Work the jig along the bottom with a slow to moderate retrieve.
The action can be fast and furious so when buying shrimp, get plenty. Select the medium size and buy at least three dozen per person. You don't want to run out.
-- Capt. Wade Osborne operates Afishionado Guide Services out of Tampa and can be reached at (888) 402-3474 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.