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Captain's Corner

Report for March 1

By JIM HUDDLESTON
Published March 1, 2007


What's hot: There is an abundance of larger reds roaming the inshore flats. Look toward the mangroves and covered oyster bars. The lower water has fish holding just off the flat. Early morning will yield better opportunities to anglers.

Tactics: The schools of redfish working the coastline are cautious. Using the wind at your back, make extra long casts and allow the reds to find the offering. Let the boat drift upon a school and power pole down to create more opportunities.

Tackle: Superbraids in 8-pound test are equivalent to 2-pound mono and can be cast farther when rigged properly on a spinning outfit. A tail-hooked select shrimp will be weight forward and cover more distance on the cast. Fifteen-pound fluorocarbon leader can also help on cautious fish in the clear waters off Pinellas County.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at 727 439-9017 or at jim@captainhud.com.