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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 27, 2000

As cold fronts approach, fish tend to put the feed bag on and go to town. But once that chill sets in, it's time to switch tactics. Many of those fish that were freely roaming the flats have sought shelter and more temperate living conditions.

For snook, that means moving into rivers and other warm runoff areas where the water temperature is more stable.

Trout and redfish will become more active and willing to feed later in the day as the sun warms shallow water on the flats. Residential canals with dark bottom and structure will hold fish through the winter months as well.

Grouper fishing steadily improves as the water temperature drops. This structure-oriented species takes up residence in and around ledges in shipping channels and bridge structures, allowing inshore anglers their best chance to land a keeper fish.

Catching these fish in cooler water conditions can be difficult. To increase your chances, work that jig, plug or bait much slower.

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

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