If fishing is in your forecast, then get out on the water the next couple of days because it's likely to be pretty windy Friday and over the weekend. Try fishing real early or later in the day because of the negative tides — unless you like to wade fish, which can be very productive with negative tides. Live shrimp or your favorite artificial should produce a good bite. The best bite has been in upper Tampa Bay. Snook are bunching in their usual winter spots and eating almost everything. One outing could yield 30 to 50 snook. Most are pretty heavy as they fatten up for winter. Look for them in deeper holes and canals on low tide. As the sun rises they are holding on the sand to warm up. If you really want to catch a lot of fish, net some scaled sardines. Trout and redfish are holding in the same areas as snook but show up later in the day as the tide rises. Redfish seem to be holding a little tighter to the mangrove line and trout seem to be holding in about 4 feet of water.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.