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Daily fishing report

By JAY MASTRY

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 8, 2001


Last week, tarpon were caught along the gulf beaches and anglers in the bay did equally well. If we get favorable weather, this week will be the same. St. Pete Beach was among the best bets; so was Longboat Key. Boats aren't required; those fishing from Redington Long Pier have had success.

Take extra ice. After jumping a couple of tarpon Tuesday at Longboat Key, we unexpectedly caught a 64-pound cobia. Before Karen Wotring's 129-pound silverking inhaled our shad on the bottom Wednesday, we had a dozen mangrove snapper and several mackerel. On a tarpon outing, John Young caught a 39-pound kingfish.

Mix up your presentation while anchored and edge fishing the gulf beaches. Some days we've done as well on top lines as on bottom.

Dacron works best when using a cork and suspending a live bait off the bottom. Unlike nylon or monofilament, it floats and will often eliminate bow in your line. A tarpon tends to jump as soon as it feels the resistance of the cork being pulled under, so try to eliminate slack. Bryan Crisp, 13, used this method to perfection Friday. After setting the hook on his 138-pounder, he and his party jumped several others.

Bring a gold hook rig and you likely will be able to jiggle all the whitebait, pinfish or greenbacks you need, right where you're anchored.

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

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