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Captain's corner

By BRENT GASKILL

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 18, 2000


Carrying a variety of rods and being prepared for anything from redfish to kingfish has kept my parties on fish inshore and offshore.

Sometimes the tide or wind will determine where we fish. Other times, the type or size of the bait will determine what species we target. Being able to change with the conditions allows us to keep fishing.

Recently, the boat has been loaded for two-person charters with three 10-pound spinning outfits for trout (catch and release only), redfish or Spanish mackerel. Three conventional outfits in the 20-pound to 30-pound class have covered our bottom-fishing duties for sea bass, grunts, triggerfish and an occasional grouper.

Four kingfish rods cover slow-trolling or flat-line balloon fishing while anchored. Another light spinner is on standby rigged with a white bucktail jig for anything that swims by unexpectedly. Two sabiki bait-catching outfits round out the arsenal.

In addition to the various rods and reels, I also carry a couple frozen chum blocks, squid, fresh dead bait and some menhaden oil. A variety of live baits includes threadfins, scaled sardines, pinfish, blue runners and cigar minnows. Tackle boxes full of artificial lures guarantee we are ready for anything.

Consistent catches have included speedy mackerel on top and tasty sea bass on the bottom. These species have been found inside the bay and just off the beaches over natural hard-bottom areas.

- Brent Gaskill charters the Summer Vacation. Call (727) 867-1751.

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