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Abundant catches reeled in at Lake Toho

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of the local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Frank Sargeant. Anglers of the Bay Area Bassmasters fished Lake Toho last week and found fish in an assortment of cover. Top rods were Casey Gonzales and Gene Terkowski, who scored by fishing soft-plastics on 1/16-ounce weights outside the hydrilla line. Other anglers who did well ran lipless crankbaits through sparse hydrilla or flipped the bulrushes with soft plastics. For details on memberships and tournaments, email bayareabassclub@aol.com.
Sean Rush reports that Rodman has high water and poor fishing, but he has done well in the Ocala National Forest lakes, which have benefited from a lot of rain. Rush said his anglers are catching 12 to 20 fish on half-day trips, usually with plenty more than 5 pounds on live shiners; www.floridatrophybass.com. In saltwater, captain Ray Markham reports good action on the strong outgoing tides, with plenty of snook in the run-outs on the South Shore area between Bishops Harbor and the Manatee River. He said topwaters were the ticket. Markham also reported lots of trout, with the best offering a DOA Shrimp drifted with the tide. Reds are strong on the South Shore and Terra Verde areas; www.captainraymarkham.com. Trout are a good bet around Jug Creek Shoal at Charlotte Harbor this week; fish the strong tide flows early and late with topwaters. The deeper water outside the grass holds mackerel and the occasional tarpon. Live sardines will catch both. Scalloping remains good at Homosassa and points north; visit www.myfwc.com for regulations and seasons. Homosassa also has some reds starting to show on incoming tides on the rocky points, and this will get stronger as fall approaches. Cut pinfish is a favorite bait in the area.

Tribune correspondent Frank Sargeant can be reached at franksargeant@charter.net.
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