Friday, February 23, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: As fishing improves, snook bite is consistent

Fishing continues to get better every day since the hurricane. The next few days will be pretty windy but should clear up by this weekend. Snook are starting to get real comfortable. The bite has been consistent through St. Pete and Tampa Bay. The best bite has been on the grass flats with nice slot snook also coming off docks.

Water movement is the key to a successful fishing trip. The redfish bite has been really good in Tampa Bay. There are some nice schools running around but a lot of singles are being caught as well just working the mangroves.

There has been a steady trout bite out on the grass flats in Tampa Bay and expect them to stay there until we see a real drop in temperature. The choice of bait is still greenbacks and small pinfish. I am using 10- to 15-pound braid with a 10-pound fluorocarbon leader and a No. 1 circle hook.

Use different tactics for trout. Try putting some lines out with a popping cork and some without. Once you figure out which is working better then you can switch up.

If constant action is what you are looking for, head to one of Tampa Bay's many shoals. Most are just off the shipping channels in 8 feet of water or less. These shoals are holding a lot of bait, which brings in the predators.

Big schools of jacks, Spanish mackerel, and blacktip sharks are being caught. This makes for a lot of fun, especially for kids.

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

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