Saturday, February 17, 2018
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East bay fishing report: snapper, redfish, snook

Hot times. Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. The water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by midmorning and the inshore bite starts to slow. You may be wondering what to do when your bait becomes unhappy and you need to get them in some moving water. The simple answer is you go mackerel, snapper and trout fishing. The deeper water these fish are in will help produce bites.

Snap up snapper. Mangrove snapper will still be a favorite of mine to target this month. With a size limit of only 10 inches, you can catch your limit pretty easily. You should be able to find a good snapper bite around most structure. The bite seems to be better on the slack tide or at the beginning of the incoming. The key is to get a chum slick going before you even start fishing. Use small white bait or cut pieces of threadfins.

Reds ahead. Surprisingly there have been some nice schools of redfish around. They have been hanging in about 3 to 4 feet of water. With the water being as warm as it is, they won't always chase a swimming bait. Try putting out a piece of cut white bait or pinfish to get their attention.

Hook the snook. There is still a good snook bite going on. Fish for them in deeper water that has good tidal flow. Try fishing docks and structure. Tampa Bay is full of big white bait and the snook cannot resist them.

Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.

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