What's cool: The rain has cooled off the bay lately and made the water tannic in color. Do not be concerned. If anything, it is a welcome sight. Bait is everywhere, and the fish are eating the bottom out of the boat. As the weather continues to get nicer, you can bet your favorite fishing holes and passes will be crowded. The snook bite has been phenomenal, and I have been catching more big fish than in a long time.
Water flow: With all the fresh water we have pouring into Tampa Bay, look for water changes. This will be a good indication where you have good water flow. The flow pushes bait around on the incoming and outgoing tides. Make sure to set up where you can present your bait to look the most natural. Cast up into the current and let the bait drift along a point or mangrove line.
Also good: The redfish bite continues to be strong. The big breeders have started to school up. These fish will make their way in from St. Petersburg all the way into north Tampa Bay. Just remember these fish get pressured pretty hard, so the key to catching them is to set up and wait. Try scouting them and learning their pattern before throwing bait. Of course, you can catch a few out of the school if you just go after them. But if you learn their pattern and can set up in the right position, you will catch them for hours instead of minutes. Try live bait or dead sticking bait.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.