What's hot: With the water temperature dropping to the low 80s, snook, redfish, and trout are moving slowly to winter haunts like the canals around Apollo Beach, Simmons Park and Bishop Harbor on the south shore. On the other side of the bay, fish areas like Weedon Island and the American Legion flat. North of the Gandy Bridge, fish the docks in the Culbreath Isles area. And north of the Courtney Campbell, look around creek mouths and the canals. Don't count out night fishing at those same areas with dock lights.
Tip: A good way to cover a lot of ground is casting a gold or silver spoon or a jerk bait. If you have a livewell, catch bait and go to the desired area. Throw a handful or two out and see if any fish pop the bait.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at [email protected]