Monday, April 23, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: As winter exits, fishing set to pick up quickly

Late-season cold fronts can be especially frustrating. Stout winds in March can create difficult fishing and change the whole fishing situation overnight. Fortunately, the weather has been nice after a relatively warm winter. Live bait has been especially hard to obtain in Tampa Bay. Some greenbacks are showing up at the Skyway bridge, but they're not consistent. Live shrimp or artificial lures are a time saver and you don't have to dirty up your boat. Fortunately, the days are getting longer and winter is running out of time. That means every aspect of fishing should improve. Water temperatures are in the upper 60s and should reach the magic mark of 72 in a few more weeks unless we have a weather anomaly. A string of warm days are forecasted and should trigger a response from previously lethargic fish. We're rapidly approaching the best time of year here for fishing. Springtime brings opportunities for multiple species such as snook, trout and reds. The wave of attacks from hungry Spanish and king mackerel can be expected in the following weeks. Fish are hungry from winter. Their metabolic rate increases substantially when the water warms, increasing their need to feed.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531, [email protected] and fishontampabay.com/captains.aspx.

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