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Captain's Corner: As weather stays great, so does inshore and offshore bite

We continue to be blessed with amazing fishing weather. Get out on the water while you can. I'm sure it won't be long until we get major cold fronts pushing down. The inshore and offshore bite is phenomenal now. If fishing inshore this week, you might want to start a little later, unless you like to wade fish. The full moon is causing extremely low tides. The best bite this past week was snook. They're bunching up together in their usual winter spots and eating almost everything in sight. We continue to catch 30-50 snook a trip. You can tell they're fattening up for winter because most are pretty heavy. Look for them to pile up in the deeper holes and canals on low tide. As the sun rises, you find them holding on the sand as they warm up. If you want to catch a lot of fish, you need to get out and net some scaled sardines. The trout bite is starting to take off. The 15-inch trout seem to be holding in about 4 feet and are pretty abundant. The bigger 20-28 inch trout are stacking up in about 1-2 feet, holding on the sand. Offshore, the hog snapper and mangrove snapper bite is hot. Amberjack and blackfin tuna are all over the wrecks in about 80 feet of water.

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

Captain's Corner: As weather stays great, so does inshore and offshore bite 12/15/16 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:43pm]
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