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Captain's Corner: Awaiting warmth

What's hot: The cold weather has dropped water temperatures back to seasonal norms. These strong cold fronts in March can create difficult fishing. Baitfish have moved and the fishing has been a bit tricky lately. Trout are cooperating, even on cold days. They tolerate the chill better than most other species in Tampa Bay. Fortunately, the days are getting longer and winter is running out.

What's not: Snook have backed off of their spring blitz. Before it got cold, numerous linesiders were caught in the shallows. A string of warm days should cause a rebound. When the water warms into the low 70s, it's game on.

Tips: We are rapidly approaching the best time of the year for fishing in Tampa Bay. Spring brings opportunities for multiple species. Snook, trout, reds and a wave of hungry Spanish mackerel can be expected in the next few weeks. The fish are hungry from winter, and their metabolic rate increases substantially when the water warms, increasing their need to feed. Prepare now for spring. Repair shops and service techs are getting really busy.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email or visit

Captain's Corner: Awaiting warmth 03/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 8:19pm]
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