With the water temperature dropping a few degrees and fall starting to kick in, fishing is starting to pick up during the day. Snook, redfish, trout and others are roaming the flats and bay area reefs. Reefs and wrecks are holding sheepshead, mango snapper and some keeper grouper. When bottom fishing these spots, I like fishing the slower tide so I can use the smallest weight possible to get down to the bottom and start adding as the tide picks up. I also put out a flat line for mackerel and sharks. As you start moving up to the flats, you find a lot of fry bait to nice sardines, which means the fish are moving up on the flats to feed. In the fall I like the outgoing tide to about half way up the incoming tide. It doesn't matter if you're live baiting, cut baiting or throwing artificials, and it doesn't matter if you fish the flats or bottom fish the bay, the next few months should be some great fishing in our area.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.