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Daily fishing report
By JIM HUDDLESTON
Published December 26, 2005
Newly acquired artificials have been outproducing live bait lately. Soft plastics and crankbaits are putting fish in the boat. The speckled trout bite has been phenomenal throughout the St. Joseph Sound.
Lower water in the morning has pushed the fish off the flats into deeper dropoffs. As a good rule of thumb start in at least 4 feet and work back toward the shallower grass flats while fan-casting the area. In cooler conditions, trout will school up tightly. Work the jigs slowly, the bite might be subtle. Darker colored jigs, especially turtle-grass green, work best over the gin-clear waters from Dunedin northward. Lighter colors are attracting speedy bluefish that are working the same areas of stronger tidal movement that trout are staged up in.
A weighted shrimp has attracted the attention of sheepshead and flounder off sandy potholes around the spoil islands. Larger convicts have been found in the rocky depressions in channels leading into bayous from the Intracoastal Waterway. Backcountry darker canals and creeks have snook staged up and attacking crankbaits worked along sea walls with the sun heating them up. Use plugs that run to the bottom and kick up the mud, stirring up attention and predators awaiting easy meals.
--Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at 727 439-9017 or at firstname.lastname@example.org