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from winter to spring back to winter and spring

Capt. Craig Lahr
March 16, 2013
Clearwater - Saltwater Fishing Report

Clearwater Fishing Report for March and April 2013

With the recent cold fronts coming through every 3 to 5 days, our inshore fish have
scattered and have been pushed to deeper water and structures. Redfish really
don't get affected by the colder water. Tactics for the light tackle enthusiasts are
to look for areas out of the wind. Start with a jig such as a 1/4 ounce jig head with shrimp style bait or paddle style soft plastic. Start with neutral colors so you can
go one way or the other. This will work around most drop offs on the flats. Top
waters always work well. If it's calm, use smaller lures such as the MirroLure
ShePup. If the water is choppier, switch to a larger topwater, like the MirroLure

For Trout, they will be in the same areas, and you can utilize these same tactics.
As the weather clears, look for the Redfish and Trout to move up on the flats
with the big Mullet schools. Concentrate on areas with potholes, oyster bars
and shallow flats with drop offs. With small bait starting to show up, this is the time of
year where live small pinfish, grass grunts and shrimp underneath a cork will
usually get the job done.

With spring just around the corner, fishing is getting ready to pop. As the bait starts to
show up, expect Mackerel and King Fish, as well Cobia to follow them to the near shore reefs and hard bottoms off of Clearwater. Mackerel, Kingfish, Cobia, Redfish, and maybe even some Tarpon can be caught in April.

Now is the time to start booking your spring and summer trips.

Capt. Craig and Capt. Justin

Target Species:

redfish trout snook hog snapper ext

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Clearwater has some of the best fishing in westceteral florida and offers many diferent thing to do. From awsome beaches to to prestine wildlife preserves there is somthing for everyone. So come and enjoy a day out one the water. With a captian with over 30yrs in the area and catch that fish of a lifetime snook-tarpon-redfish-sharks and more. thanks capt.craig

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Largo, FL 33770
Phone: 727-204-9626
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