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Captain's corner

By MIKE MANNING

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 13, 2000


The beautiful weather the past few weeks has been good for flats fishing.

At this time of year, it is important to plan trips around the moon phases, especially the new moon and full moon. We have major high and low tides during these phases. The major tides push more water, which generally means longer feeding periods.

Trout and redfish have shown up on shallow flats. Most of these fish are in 21/2 feet of water or less. Live bait such as white bait, pinfish and shrimp have worked, as have jigs, topwater plugs and spoons. You can find these fish on shallow oyster bars and in the mouths of creeks from Sand Bay to Port Richey.

Snook have been plentiful. Most of the snook from Tarpon Springs to the north are starting to move into rivers, canals and creeks. Large greenbacks, not always easy to find, will pay off with snook. Greenbacks under a float worked for two anglers who caught several trout ranging 20-25 inches, redfish and snook.

- Mike Manning charters out of Port Richey. Call (727) 848-0795.

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