Since the cold front a couple of weeks ago, the bite has been on fire. Snook are eating everything in sight, trying to fatten up for the winter. The redfish bite has picked up as well. If you're looking for bigger, line-screaming action, just hit the beach. Big Spanish mackerel and kingfish are everywhere. Just get out in the next couple of days because a cold front is going to make it pretty windy this weekend. Trolling live bait has produced some fish, but the best action has come from anchoring up and chumming them to the boat. The fish have been anywhere from 15-40 pounds. Mix in the Spanish mackerel, bonita and spinner sharks to the action and you will have a day to remember. With the cooler weather, the snook have really become active, blowing up on chummers and chasing down live scaled sardines. The negative tides have moved them out of the mangroves and into the sand holes on the flats. The same sand holes are holding redfish and nice speckled trout, too. With the water cooling and all the algae starting to die off, you might need to downsize your tackle. The cleaner the water, the easier it is for fish to see you and your tackle. Try taking your leader down to 20 pounds and use a 1/0 circle hook to increase your bite. Use an 8-foot pole to help cast farther, the key to not spooking fish this time of year.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.