Florida salt water fishing question west coast intercoastal around Belair and Indian Rocks beach between Clearwater and St. Pete Beach:What fish are available in the intercoastal what is the appropriate bait and what type of hooks and weights should be used?
I would suggest that you contact a bait and tackle shop in Florida or a guide. Here is a line to a fishing report:
Here are some bait and tackle shops in the area:
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You will need to get a salt water fishing license in advance, if you plan to do this fishing. Living in Florida we see many different fish including game fish in the intercoastal waterways. The water can be brackish throughout these waters.
The fish that we see are redfish, or red drum, snook, Jack crevalle, flounder and sea trout are common intracoastal species.
The fresh Bait used that is very popular is shad or menhaden, cut squid, or shrimp. Some fisherman will use a shortailed shad lure, mud minnow lure or even with a grub tail lure. Snook like to stay against structures like bridges and pier pilings.
Using a fast action rod, 6-7' long with a spinning reel and 20 lb. test line works well for most of the fish I have mentioned. If you are fishing off a bridge you want a strong rod and about 40 lb test line. If going for flounder, then a 14 lb test line works well with finger mullet as bait.
This link goes over some information about the fish, bait and lures: http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/articles/wading-fun-fishing-you-can-walk
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I live in Fl. and am very familiar with fishing the intercoastal and those areas. The snook are great! Joan