Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Fish head toward spring homes

Jim Lemke

Jim Lemke

What's hot: With spring in the air and cold fronts slowing down, start looking for fish to make their move out of their winter haunts. The water temperature on the flats is ranging from about 68 degrees in the morning to as high as 73 in the middle of the day. The morning topwater bite has been great on the bay area flats as the sun gets up in the sky. We have been getting nice gator trout, redfish and even a few snook. As the sun gets higher in the sky, I start throwing jerkbaits or sardines under a cork, not only to keep it out of the grass but slow down the bait.

What else: Not only are the big three biting well, but mackerel and bluefish are on fire in the bay. I look for glass minnows or bait schools in the middle of the bay or out by the Skyway. I like using a light wire or 50-pound monoleader attached to a 2/0 2X long shank hook.

Tip: No matter when you can go, this is the time for great fishing in the bay area. The best part of it is you can use your flats rods to do it all. You just need to change hooks or leader depending what you are targeting.

Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at captjimlemke@gmail.com.

Captain's Corner: Fish head toward spring homes 02/22/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane

    Bucs

    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.
  2. Lightning opens day two of draft by taking Russian forwards

    Blogs

    After taking a big defenseman in the first round, the Lightning opened the second day of the NHL Draft by selecting a couple skilled Russian forwards.

  3. Kids still playing for all the marbles — literally

    Human Interest

    In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it's easy to become jaded.

    Eli Murphy, right, leans in to give Sierra Ricci the traditional king and queen kiss at the National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J. Both of Allegheny County Pa., they won the girls and boys championship of the 94th annual National Marbles Tournament. [Associated Press]
  4. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.