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Old 06-04-2013, 04:00 AM
Marcel Marcel is offline
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Default Re: Fishing Clearwater area in late August

I have a relative living in the area so I have spend quite some time at the
beach and the local pier so I did learn something about the fishing there

At the local tackle shops they sell these special sandflea rakes to get those
little critters out of the sand at the beach.
The locals fish with sandfleas at the pilings where the sheepshead are hanging out, off course the redfish are also out there.
I used to fish there with conventional tackle but nowadays I prefer to walk the beach and sight fish when possible for snook and other critters.

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From the past.

May noteworthy might be the fact that the baitfish are rather small, surprisingly since the predators are quite big.
Main bait would be I guess the scaled sardine that hangs around the shallow water, inlets and pilings / breakwaters.

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Scaled sardine

Sometimes the baitfish school inside the inlets and then fishing can
be especially exiciting as snook, ladyfish and spanish mackerel will
explode all over the place.

The beauty about Florida is that there is a myriad of fish species
available and they have done a good job protecting the coastal
waters.

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Rich sealife

There are some things to watch out for though.
Thunderstorms tend to develop in the afternoon, when it gets dark in the sky
get out of harms way asap.
The shallow beach waters are also home to countless stingrays that literally hug the shoreline so watch you step.
Sharks are also present and allthough most are small I always keep a respectfull distance when I see a big one cruising by, I tend to avoid
wading at the low light parts of the day.

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