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Captain's Corner

By Robert McCue
Published December 26, 2007


The rest of the week's warming trend, northerly quadrant winds and morning low tides will form a favorable blueprint for tailing redfish.

Strategy

Small swash channels, depressions and the edges of the flats will concentrate the reds at the lowest stages of the tide. At the first turn of flooding water, these reds will push up into the shallowest waters rooting for forage and often expose their blue-tinted tails. The fish seem preoccupied with their noses buried in the bottom, but they are feeding. The fish will be spooky. A slow, methodical and stealthy approach is crucial for success.

Pro Logic

Soft plastic jerkbaits rigged weedless will keep your baits from being fouled on the bottom. Cast the lures in front of the fish by 10 feet. A misplaced cast too close to the fish will often spook them. You are certain to see more fish than you will catch. However, eyewitness accounts of explosive strikes and major displacements of water created on blitzing runs define the sport of sight fishing.

Capt. Robert McCue can be reached at (800) 833-0489 or through his website, www.GiantTarpon.com