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Get out there and find some big redfish

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Frank Sargeant.

Captain Ray Markham reports redfish have been on fire up and down the coast, and many of them have been over the slot. He said Weedon Island anglers reported reds in the upper 30-inch range, mostly caught on live shrimp and whitebait. Redfish around the Fort De Soto area and the Intracoastal in St. Joseph Sound mostly showed up on the last of the outgoing and the beginning of the incoming tide. Oyster bars, bomb holes and drops around Fort De Soto produce reds and snook at the bottom of the tide, according to Markham; www.captainraymarkham.com.

Trout fishing has been outstanding in Sarasota Bay, Dunedin and around the Clam Bar at south Pinellas. The Pinellas Point area has been giving up specks to 4 pounds. Shrimp fished under popping corks have been the ticket here, as well as the DOA Deadly Combo.

Captain Rick Grassett out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key reported good action with trout, reds, Spanish mackerel, some snook and pompano on the flats in Sarasota Bay with flies and jigs.

Captain William Toney, of www.homosassainshorefishing.com, fishing out of MacRae’s of Homosassa reported some excellent trout action on the points from the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River to just north of the Homosassa River.

Most of his trout have been caught on the CAL 5.5 Jerk bait rigged with a bait-keeper hook in the nose of the bait. No weight is added to the lure.

If winds calm down, it’s likely that kingfish and Spanish mackerel will keep anglers busy offshore — the fish show up anywhere from 100 yards off the beach to several miles out, with concentrations around buoys, ship wrecks and ledges — live threadfins are the magic bait for both species, but trolling a Drone spoon also puts fish in the boat.

Tribune correspondent Frank Sargeant can be reached at [email protected]

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