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: Lots of fishing choices, just have the right bait

This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited, as long as you have the bait. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning, then fish for Spanish mackerel, blue fish, snapper, shark and cobia in the afternoon. Hopefully tarpon don't move offshore to spawn after this full moon. The bite has slowed since the storm. There are still thousands of fish around, but they're just not eating that well. Crabs have been the bait of choice the first half of the day this week. Your best bet is doing a drift on the outgoing afternoon tide. Crabs or live threadfins will work for your drift. If stalking these silver kings on the beach, set up in front of the rolling fish and let them come to you. The same bait works for beach fishing. Snook have made their way toward coastal passes and adjacent beaches for their annual spawn. A large number of big snook can be caught off the beaches. They eat most anything you throw: scaled sardines, threadfins, shrimp and most artificial plastics. These fish are holding close to the shoreline, so fish parallel to the beach. For constant action, try the middle of the bay. Start around the shipping channel and markers. Spanish mackerel and sharks can be caught on almost every cast once you get them chummed up.

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

Captain's Corner: Lots of fishing choices, just have the right bait 06/15/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs could run into their nemesis

    Bucs

    Greg Auman finishes wrapping up the Bucs' win against the Chicago Bears and looks ahead to Sunday's game at Minnesota, where Tampa Bay could run into nemesis Case Keenum, in our latest Cannon Fodder …

    Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) during a 2016 game. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  2. Strange case: Bucs could face nemesis Case Keenum again

    Bucs

    Who, you might wonder, will be the first NFL quarterback to beat Jameis Winston three times?

    Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass in the first half Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. [Getty Images]
  3. USF men's basketball gets off lightly with NCAA

    College

    Former USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua, center, with former assistants Oliver Antigua, left, and Rod Strickland during a game at the Sun Dome on Nov. 9, 2015. (Octavio Jones, Times)
  4. Adam Foote, left, said there have been a few eye-opening moments in his first NHL training camp, but is feeling more comfortable every day.
  5. Toledo feels like a second season opener for Miami Hurricanes

    Blogs

    LAKE BUENA VISTA - The schedule says Week 4, but it sure doesn't feel that way for the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes.

    The Miami Hurricanes suit up for practice Tuesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex