Fishing lately has been somewhat different around Tampa Bay as we deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. We have a ton of freshwater flowing into the bay due to runoff from the three major rivers that feed into the east side. The key has been to find clear water and avoid fishing around the rivers' mouths. On a recent charter, we did well with snook and found a school of reds, but not until we found clean water. Look for areas on the south end of the bay with good tidal flow. September is a month of change and a great time to fish as the weather starts to cool and we turn toward fall. Look for big reds to get out on the flats; I have had great success using any type of artificial bait, as these fish are on the move. The flats also will start to hold bigger trout, but we will have to wait for a cold front. This will be the key to inshore fish making their way to the flats.
Jason Prieto is a full-time fishing guide and can be reached at (813) 727-9890.