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Daily fishing report

By JAY MASTRY
Published November 28, 2006


What's hot: If decent weather continues, the grouper bite in less than 90 feet could improve. Near shore waters could clear and bait schools would gang back up at fishing piers, bridges and sea buoys marking our area's passes. A warming trend would help prolong a run of kingfish and draw them to mid depth artificial reefs.

Alternatives: The annual mullet run is in full swing, and they aren't particular about the weather. Schools that have staged in the bays, bayous, rivers, and backwaters for weeks will get together as they work their way to the gulf to spawn. The largest movement often occurs just before or during the undesirable weather changes of a passing cold front.

Tactics: To get a few for the smokers, get a 10- to 12-foot cast net with a 2- or 3-inch mesh. The larger webbing allows nets to sink faster and catch in deeper water. Land-based anglers can position themselves on residential docks or public seawalls and wait for them to come to you. Like many species, mullet schools tend to be most active at first light in the mornings, an hour or so around tide changes and just before sundown. Boaters sometimes can track schools for great lengths. Mullet often give their location away by jumping, or the big schools will push the water up and leave a wake on the surface. Check the municipality you are in as restrictions vary on what you can keep.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142