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Help with Fishing, Gigging, Crabbing and Shrimping Fort De Soto

Dear Captain"Help with Fishing, Gigging, Crabbing and Shrimping - Fort De Soto"

First I will tackle the second half of your question. Gigging flounder, catching blue crab, and dip netting shrimp with a headlamp out by the campground flats at night...is great in the summer.

A great place to go shrimping, crabbing and gigging is down near the Skyway Bridge area or any area in that south part of the bay. All the grass flats around there are fertile and have some nice shrimp, crabs and flounder. The grass flats near any pass or where water flushes in and out is prime. Night time is the best time to go between April and the early part of June. One to three feet of water is the best. Some other tips, use a net with a flat end and move the net slowly when trying to scoop up the shrimp or crabs. You will need a good light and a 5 gallon floating bucket.

Fishfinder Rig

Now for the tackle: The two without reels appear to be conventional rods. These would be good for heavy type bottom species like grouper, big black drum etc... I would fish them with a fish finder rig and a knocker rig.

3 @ 10-25# w/reel 285yd 12#

1 @ 12# w/reel 220yd 14#

These I would use for light tackle bottom species like sheepshead, flounder, small mangrove snapper, grunts etc... I would set them up also with a fish finder rig.

1 @ 8-15# w/reel

1 @ 12# w/reel 300yd 12#

These two I would set up for free lining live baits, which consists of just a leader tied to a hook 1/0 sized with a live pinfish, sardine or threadfin attached. It would be good for trout, redfish, snook, spanish mackerel, and much more. Sometimes we would add a split shot (small pinch on weight)

If possible before you go on your trip stop by any tackle shop with your equipment and they will set it up perfect for you. They also can access your tackle. If you don't live to far. I am at Tarpon Fishing Outfitters at 1500 US 19, Holiday Fl - 727-942-8944. You can stop by and I will take you through it step by step. If you live in Tampa, you can stop by Tampa Fishing Outfitters 3196 W. Osborne Ave Tampa Fl - 813-870-1234. Ask for Capt Mike Cole. Call them first to make sure he is there. Make sure that you tell Capt Mike that I said you would set their equipment up. He is excellent!!

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Captain David M. Rieumont



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