Monday's cold front should drop the water temperature a couple of degrees. With the front, the super full moon and extremely low tides, expect fishing to be better in the afternoon this week. Live bait continues to be easy to net. It is all over the beach, grass flats and bridges. The snook bite has been the best of the inshore species this month. The fish know they need to eat with winter fast approaching. Upper Tampa Bay and the bay's south shore have produced the best catches. While there are still areas that have big schools of redfish in and around Tampa Bay, most of our catches are out of sand holes on the grass flats. They are mixed in with snook. The water is getting pretty clear, so downsize your leader and hook size. If losing fish is a concern, start with less drag on your reel and tighten as needed. Palming your reel with your hand is another way to add drag. By applying light pressure, the fish will usually turn. Fishing offshore and inside of 5 miles on the hard bottom has produced nice kingfish action. Trolling lures has produced some fish, but the best action has been anchoring up and chumming them to the boat. The fish have been anywhere from 15 to 40 pounds. Mix in Spanish mackerel, bonita and sharks to the action and you will have a day to remember.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.