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Posted: Sep. 03 2006,08:54

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As a general rule, sunrise and sunset are better times to fish than midday, especially in the summer in south Florida. Not sure how deep the water is where you're fishing, but down here in the Lower Keys the flats might be a few inches to 3-4 feet, and with a light colored bottom, the water temps can get mid 80s, which seems to send a lot of the fish to deeper, cooler water, and slow down the bite considerably. No so much a problem in the winter here. Fish seem to feed more in areas of good flow or current - so understanding local tides is really important, and very location specific. My 2 cents on lures - match the weight of the lure to the current and depth you're fishing, and try to match the color of the backround where you're fishing. The bucktail jigs with a bit of shrimp on the hook almost always gets something going. Try twitching at different speeds/depths/intervals for several casts and if no action, move on to another spot and repeat. Also I've found gold (low light) and silver (bright sun) weedless spoons to be good for lots of species. I'll troll one on my way from one spot to the next. I run it pretty far back - say 60-100 feet, depending on obstacles, trees and such. A shallow running plug is good for this as well. Live shrimp on a 2/0 hook almost never fails to start some action, though it's more hassle to tote along.
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