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Updated: 05/03/2018 08:30:01AM

What to target?

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By Capt. Mike Myers

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Spring is here, folks, and the fishing is heating up just as fast as the wind and the water. As always during this time of year, the big schools of threadfin herring, blue runners, cigar minnows and greenbacks have shown up in droves. Also, pinfish are way easier to procure, crabs of all shapes and sizes are way more abundant and big schools of ladyfish, jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel have splashing around all over our Charlotte Harbor and our nearshore waters. The bottom line: The bait is back!

As a charter captain, I (along with pretty much every captain in Florida) really look forward to spring and all the exciting targets it brings with it. I know the weather has been kind of breezy and not so reliable this year, but that hasn’t stopped the crazy train of predators that are looking to target all those above-mentioned baits from arriving. The biggest problem (if you can call it that) most anglers face this time of year is deciding what species to target, and what bait to target in order to target the chosen target species (boy, I hope that sentence made sense).

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