What's hot: Thanksgiving typically is when fish transition from summer to colder weather. Fall is fickle for Tampa Bay, so anglers must adapt. Speckled trout are cooperating in the mid to upper bay area, but most trout have been undersized (yet still fun to catch on ultralight gear). They can be found in pot holes adjacent to grass flats and residential canals, and will continue to thicken as the water chills.
Tips: Most game fish won't exert the effort to nail a live sardine when they can easily slurp up a slow, live shrimp. Patience is crucial. Weather and drastic water temperature drops can complicate strategy.
What's next: As the water temperatures drop quickly, look for fish to hang around residential canals and docks, where fishing requires patience because of the many snag opportunities when dealing with multiple dock lines or barnacle- and oyster-encrusted pilings.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit snookfish.com.