Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine VOL 41, No. 1 - Page 22

F L O R I D A A p a l a c h i c o l a B a y G U L F to C a p t i v a P a s s Forecast Adjustment Times Florida Reefs to Midnight Pass Point Ybel (0.4 mi. nw) ....... -1:00 Captiva Pass ......................... -1:20 Gasparilla Pass ..................... -1:45 Venice Inlet .......................... -2:20 Midnight Past (ent.) ............. -1:50 Sarasota Bay Big Sarasota Pass ................. -2:10 New Pass .............................. -3:00 Longboat Pass ...................... -2:55 Cortez (N. of bridge) ............ -1:25 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Ent. ................... Same Mullet Key Channel (ent ...... -0:15 Passage Key Inlet ................. -1:15 Bunces Pass .......................... -1:00 Tampa Bay (cont'd) Cats Point ............................. -2:55 Sunshine Skyway Bridge ..... -0:15 Joe Island (1.8 mi. NW) ....... -0:20 Pinellas Pt. (0.5 mi.le SE) .... -1:30 Ross Island .......................... +1:10 Courtney Campbell Pkwy ... +0:45 Catfish Point (1.3 mi. east) . +0:30 Boca Ciega Bay Pass-a-Grille Channel ............ -:55 Blind Pass (north end) .......... -1:40 Johns Pass ............................ -1:45 The Narrows ........................ -1:00 Apalachee Bay St. Marks River .................... -1:00 Four Mile Pt. ........................ -0:40 St. Marks ............................. +0:50 To adjust for your fishing area, add (+) or subtract (-) hours and minutes shown above for the area you plan to fish from the Forecast time. No attempt should be made to compare the time of high or low tide, shown below, to the times of current presented in the Fishing Forecast. Tide Table Adjustment Times HIGH LOW Cape Romano -1:22 Naples (outer coast) -2:04 Estero Bay Little Hickory I. -0:58 Carlos Pt. -1:08 Matanzas Pass -1:10 San Carlos Bay Point Ybel -1:50 Punta Rassa -1:01 Caloosahatchee River Iona Shores +1:08 Cape Coral Bridge +1:15 Fort Myers +2:08 St. James City, Pine I. -0:30 Captiva Island (outside)-2:20 Captiva Island (P. I. Sd)-0:46 Redfish Pass -0:55 Matlacha Pass +0:43 Punta Gorda Charlotte Harbor +1:06 Shell Pt.-Peace River +1:52 Englewood, Lemon Bay -0:57 Venice Inlet -2:02 Sarasota Bay Sarasota -1:38 Cortez -2:00 -1:06 -2:07 -1:05 -1:28 -1:34 -1:12 -1:19 +1:40 +2:02 +2:44 -0:44 -2:28 -0:20 -1:14 +1:28 +1:27 +2:30 -0:40 -1:38 -0:58 -1:25 HIGH LOW Tampa Bay Egmont Key (channel) -2:27 -2:24 Anna Maria -2:07 -2:31 Bradenton, Manatee. -1:24 -0:55 Redfish Point -0:30 +0:14 Mullet Key Channel -2:22 -1:58 Shell Point +0:08 +0:17 Point Pinellas -0:22 -0:29 St. Petersburg Same Hillsborough Bay +0:07 +0:26 Boca Ciega Bay Pass-A-Grille Beach -1:34 -1:30 Gulfport -1:32 -1:05 John's Pass -2:14 -2:04 Clearwater -1:50 -1:35 Anclote Keys, Sound -1:47 -1:46 Tarpon Springs -0:50 -0:41 St. George Sound Dog Island (west end) +0:07 +0:06 Carrabelle River +0:35 +0:31 St. George Island (east)-0:15 +0:06 Apalachicola Bay Cat Point +1:20 +1:27 Apalachicola +2:00 +2:44 Lower Anchorage +1:43 +2:09 West Pass +1:33 +2:17 The daily tide tables are to be used only as a depth of water guide and have no correlation to the maximum times of current. To adjust for your fishing area, add (+) hours/minutes or deduct (-)hours/minutes shown above to the times of hi or low as indicated by the tide tables. Red Zone (Continued from page 21.) incredibly clear. This creates excellent sight-fishing conditions over the sparkling flats. “Sometimes, we find big schools of fish,” advised Todd Jones with Back Bay Adventures, who also hunts ducks along the coast. “There might be 100 to 300 fish in a school on the flats. If fly fishermen can present the bait well to a redfish, those fish are easier to catch with fly tackle. Jerkbaits also work really well for redfish at that time.” For bulls, try the St. Andrew Bay jetties with live or cut bait. The bridges can also produce good action in the winter. Jones also drifts in the pass, dropping live shrimp or crabs to the bottom in 40 to 50 feet of water. Sometimes, fish come up to the surface and anglers throw soft plastics or hard baits at them. “Bull reds like a lot of water flow with bait moving in and out of the passes,” Jones revealed. “When I’m drifting the pass, I use a simple dropshot rig with a sinker on the bottom. I use 30pound fluorocarbon with a 4-inch dropper loop on it. With the bait above the sinker, it stays above the rocks and things on the bottom. I attach a 1/0 or 2/0 live-bait hook or a 2/0 to 3/0 circle hook. In the winter, I’ll use whatever bait I can get. Pinfish are good redfish baits. With a pinfish, I hook it right through the back and let it swim around.” Whether fishing sandy flats, grass beds, or shell reefs in two feet of water, or vertically dropping baits 50 feet to the bottom of a pass, the Gulf Coast can provide outstanding opportunities to tempt spot-tails for anglers not afraid to face the cold. When the lights go on, the dinner bell rings. Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean fishing must stop. Crabs, shrimp, and other creatures often move at night to hide from predators, so many camp owners hang lights off their docks. Big redfish and other hunters wait beneath the lights to smash any silhouettes passing over them. “We catch a lot of fish at night,” remarked Glenn Flowers. “When we see a green light hanging over the water, we know that’s a good spot to fish. The green color attracts shrimp and baitfish like a moth to a porch light.” Fish lose some of their wariness at night, so dock anglers frequently score (Continued on page 32.) 22 GULF COAST FISHERMAN W W W. G U L F F I S H I N G. C O M