What's hot: The water temperature is slowly starting to drop and the fishing is getting even better than it was the past couple of months. And now the snook have joined the party. The redfish bite continues to be consistent throughout Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. Cutbait seems to be working best, but as the water temperature drops, they will start chasing live scaled sardines. Every day the water seems to be getting a little cleaner. If your bite drops off, try downsizing your leader from 30 to 25 pounds.
Tips: It took a while, but the snook bite has really taken off in the past week. I am catching them on live and cutbait. The live bait has been working best on high tide and cutbait seems to be the ticket on low tide. Make sure to fish the sand holes when using cutbait on low tide. The offshore kingfish bite is starting to get good. Most now are 10-15 pounds with a few 30-pounders mixed in. Bonita and big Spanish mackerel are pretty thick as well. A medium scaled sardine was the bait of choice. To increase hookups, use 50-pound fluorocarbon leader with a 1/0 long shank hook.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.