What's hot: Fall fishing is in full swing with an incredible bite throughout Tampa Bay. Redfish, snook and big gator trout have been as good as I have seen over the past few years. Big schools of redfish are roaming almost every flat. The snook are along the shoreline at low tide, the mangroves when the tide gets high. Artificials and live baits are working well. Soft plastics in natural colors seem to work the best. When working the flats, I also have been catching lots of trout, jack crevalle, silver trout and ladyfish.
Tip: Bait is still on the bay area flats in 1-4 feet and at the Skyway. As the water continues to cool, the fall and winter bite will only get better.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.