Thursday, May 24, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Fish abundant inshore and offshore

What's hot: Whether you like to fish inshore or offshore, I cannot recall a better start to a fishing season than the one we are having. Name the species you would like to target and more than likely it is being caught. The snook bite is still going off in north and south Tampa Bay, but you may not catch the numbers you were a month ago. The redfish bite is coming into full swing. Big schools have shown up in Fort De Soto. Most of these fish are big bull reds, with a few slot fish being caught. A greenback under a cork should do the job. Heavy chumming will get these fish to stick around. Monster trout are also being caught in the Fort De Soto area. These are some of the biggest trout I have seen in years. Some are weighing up to 6 pounds. A greenback free-lined with a slow retrieve has been the key to catching them.

Offshore options: With grouper season back open, excluding gags, the options are endless. Kingfish have been here for a month. Spanish mackerel, bonita and amberjack are eating the bottom out of the boat. There are even reports of sailfish and blackfin tuna being caught inside 20 miles. This is all due to the influx of bait.

Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.

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