Besides the traditional Nature Coast bread and butter fish like trout or reds other fun catching fish have moved in. Triple tail is one of my favorites and though more seem to favor the deep dark waters west of the Duke Energy plant I have caught them as far south as Chassahowitka. Triple tail love structure and most of them I’ve caught has been off of a crab buoy but also from floating tree limbs, floating cardboard and older channel markers. A free lined shrimp will most always get the bite but soft plastics or fly’s can sometimes seal the deal. When I spot one I continue on the same speed of the boat until I feel I’m a safe distance as not to spook the fish and then do a wide arc around to shut down and let the wind/tide move the vessel into casting range.  Blue fish and spanish mackerel are usually not on most anglers menu to eat but if cooked that day are not to bad. The rocky area around the bombing range ( north west of St. Martins Keys ) is a spot for these hard fighting line cutting teeth fish. I like to use a long shank hook to prevent cut offs when using live shrimp. One of the best eating fish in the Gulf and with the smallest size limit at 10″ is the black sea bass. I find casting around hard bottom or low profile rocks in 8 to 12 feet of water is best. Most any dark colored soft plastic with a 1/8 or 1/4 oz. jig head will do, because they are very aggressive. If you catch one generally their are more down there. High incoming tide will be in the afternoon this weekend. 

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ntaylor

Former baseball umpire, now fishing guide. Graduate of the University of Arizona.
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