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Captains corner: Best best is bonito marauding baitfish

What's hot: The abundance of baitfish off the beach earlier this week was incredible. However, the lack of Spanish mackerel was obvious. In their place were schools of bonito, which are in the tuna family, but not widely accepted as table fare. They have the ability to control their body temperature. Generally, they can make themselves warmer than surrounding conditions, which keeps them active when other fish are cold and lethargic.

Tips: Since the water cooled suddenly, many of the slower swimming baitfish were essentially trapped in the cool water and became prey for bonito. The baitfish and bonito are easy to find. Seabirds dive from above as the bait is pushed up by bonito below.

What to watch for: We will see some Spanish and king mackerel caught in the coming weeks, but it will be fewer and fewer. The baitfish will continue their migration south with the bonito following.

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Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

11/30 6:15 12:00 6:50 12:35

12/1 7:05 12:55 7:35 1:20

12/2 7:55 1:45 8:25 2:10

12/3 8:45 2:35 9:15 3:00

12/4 9:35 3:25 10:05 3:50

12/5 10:25 4:15 10:55 4:40

12/6 11:15 5:05 11:45 5:30

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Captains corner: Best best is bonito marauding baitfish 11/29/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:07pm]
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