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Captain's Corner

By DAN BROOKS

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 10, 2000


Combat fishing is the best way to describe the action around the bridge structure in lower Tampa Bay.

Recent trips have produced good action from snook, grouper, flounder, redfish and large jacks from 5 to 15 pounds.

Heavy gear is essential.

I use 30-pound test line with a 3-foot double-line shock leader with a bimini twist connected to a barrel swiveled 1- or 2-ounce sinker with 3 feet of No. 4 wire leader and a 2.0 premium live bait hook.

Baits of choice have been palm-sized white baits, pinfish and grunts.

Set your drags down tight and do your best to wrestle them out of the structure before you get busted off.

You can rig the sinker, wire leader and hooks ahead of time; that way you can spend more time fishing and less time rigging.

- Dan Brooks charters out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 867-7856 or e-mail wildd1@gte.net.

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