Fishing has been good lately but dictated by wind. Fall has been very windy, which has made for changes in the areas we fish. I have stayed tucked in the backcountry areas and also have had success fishing the residential docks, especially negative low tides mixed with north winds. Snook fishing has taken off, especially on the South Shore of Tampa Bay. Most have been smaller as temperatures have not dropped low enough for the breeders to start feeding. Redfish are still hanging around, but they seem to be in the creeks and residential docks, a slight change from September when the big schools were around. Shrimp are a great choice when fishing for reds this time of year as they make the transition from the flats to the creeks and canals. Trout fishing is still not what it typically is but as the cold fronts move in and drop the water temperature, you will see gator trout move into the flats. The bait of choice for me is almost always greenbacks, which are still around on the flats. But I expect them to move to deeper water as winter develops.
Jason Prieto is a full-time fishing guide and can be reached at (813) 727-9890.