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Daily fishing report

By BRENT GASKILL

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 24, 2001


Thunderstorms demand that fishing trips be planned carefully. Fish areas close to safety. Keep a backup safety plan in mind in case the weather turns foul. Know where you can get out of the rain and protect yourself from lightning. A marina, bridge or friend's house are good places to go as a storm approaches.

Friday's tarpon trip along the beach was cut short as a huge line of thunderstorms chased us back to the marina. After waiting out the storm in the bait house, my party decided to give it another try. Trout were our target, and a fresh fish dinner was in the works.

Easing out to the flats, we were rewarded with a strong bite. The overcast skies, extreme high tide and rainwater had cooled the shallows, exciting the fish. Usually it is too hot in the middle of the day to fish for trout, but the cooler conditions paid off.

Slugger-style, motor oil jigs rigged with cigar floats accounted for many fish, including about half a dozen keepers. The largest, about 22 inches long, came on a pearl jig worked slowly above the grass.

We fished an hour before more rain closed in, running us off the water. A close eye to the sky is necessary this time of year. Stay safe, and don't risk your life for a fish.

-- Capt. Brent Gaskill charters the Summer Vacation out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 343-1765 or by e-mail at gaskill@tampabay.rr.com.

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