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How do you approach fish?

Dear Captain"How do you approach a new area?" Dear Captain "I want to fish Ozello Key. How do I best approach the area so I can find the fish I know are there."

When fishing an area like Ozello Keys (near Crystal River) or any area that looks fishy, the key is to start looking for the areas that hold more life than the others. Start looking for signs of bait, which will hold in some of the areas, not all.

The places the bait appears will change (in the same area) depending on what the tide is doing.

At the same time you should be looking for the species you're targeting. Obviously if you see the gamefish (redfish, trout etc...) you will fish that area for them, but you should also make note of the time, tide and conditions that you find those gamefish. These observations will help you pattern the gamefish for that particular area, so now you can go back to it at the same tide and fish it.

Ozello Keys

Also make sure you have the baits that will cover the entire water spectrum. A Topwater bait, a suspension bait to work the middle water column and either a sinking bait or a jig. I like to have one soft weightless jerkbait Texas rigged to throw over shallow oyster bars and also if there is a lot of grass. This bait is totally weedless. The Ozello area has lots of redfish so I would take advantage of using scented baits like Gulps or Z-Mans. The hard baits, I would add a scent like Pro-Cure. Another thing I would do is once in the area, setup and use the tide to draw fish to me. What I mean is use some frozen shrimp, cut bait or even live bait and spread it out. Let the tide take it down tide from the area your setup at. This will draw in gamefish that you don't see and from a distance. Especially redfish!

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