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Captain's Corner

By ROBERT McCUE, Times Correspondent
Published February 9, 2008


A moderate La Nina winter is continuing to keep anglers and fish on the move. Overall, the winter has been unseasonably mild, but infrequent cold fronts are likely to continue over the next several weeks. Air and water temperature will drop the next few days, keeping the virtual early spring pattern in check.

Undeviating drum: For the past year, the North Suncoast has experienced one of the best trout and redfish cycles in recent memory. We have had several recent trips in which we easily achieved double-digit catches on a single drop of the anchor. Extraordinary yet inconsistent catches of snook were being made along the edges of flats where water temperature remained in the upper 60s this week.

Pro logic: Negative low tides will continue the next few days, accompanied with northerly quadrant winds. That combination will make the tides even lower than forecast. This will move the fish into the holes just inside the creeks and river mouths. Find the right ones and double-digit catches are still possible, despite the drop in water temperature.

Robert McCue can be reached through GiantTarpon.com or (800) 833-0489.