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Captain's Corner: Friday's full moon will increase tide activity for fishing in Tampa Bay area

Moon watch: The full moon is Friday, and the tides will increase in flow and height every day and remain strong through the weekend. This, coupled with warming water, will signal many gamefish to start heading toward our beaches and passes. The concentrations will increase as summer approaches.

Tarpon watch: Their arrival has been late, but current conditions should bring larger concentrations to our area in the coming week. Action should improve every day at the mouth of Tampa Bay around the Sunshine Skyway. Threadfin herring and crabs make up the majority of their diet and can be found close to there. Watch for fish feeding on the surface during strong outgoing tides. Make sure to motor around them to set your drift. A noisy approach will put the fish down.

Snook, trout, redfish watch: They will be on the move and feeding aggressively on scaled sardines; area flats are covered with bait right now. Early morning should see action on beaches in the first swash channel just off the water's edge. The most productive beach fishing is normally within a half-mile north and south of passes.

Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.

Captain's Corner: Friday's full moon will increase tide activity for fishing in Tampa Bay area 05/05/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:49pm]

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