Cap­tain’s Corner

Tampa Bay Times - - Lightning - Dave Mistretta cap­tains Jaws Too out of In­dian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jaw­stoo.com.

We started run­ning char­ters this week­end with cau­tion be­cause of the af­ter­ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Irma. Float­ing de­bris is in the en­tire gulf and the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way. Th­ese ob­jects can be a boat­ing haz­ard, es­pe­cially at high speeds. We’ve been in no rush to go out, wait­ing for the sun to come up for bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity. Slower speeds also al­low us to see bet­ter. After this week­end we will as­sess things and de­cide about fu­ture out­ings. At this point we don’t know how much de­bris is out there. After net­work­ing with other cap­tains who fished over the week­end, we will have a bet­ter idea. But every­thing can change due to stronger tides and wind. If boat­ing in the next few weeks, be ex­tra cau­tious and keep your eyes open. This de­bris will get sat­u­rated with wa­ter and not be as vis­i­ble after be­ing in the wa­ter for a long pe­riod of time. We’ve ex­pe­ri­enced some of the best fish­ing after trop­i­cal storms. The fish get moved around for hun­dreds of miles. In other in­stances, it takes a few days for the fish to get it to­gether after be­ing shaken up so much. The only way to find out is to go fish­ing.

Dave Mistretta

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