What's hot: Snook and redfish were biting in the Gandy area this past week. Bait seems to be on every flat and near every bridge and pier in the bay.
Tips: Redfish are gorging on live sardines under a cork in and around the mullet schools as the tide exits the flats. For redfish in the fall, live bait is preferred. Look for fish way off the mangroves. As the tide drops, the fish sit on the edge of the deeper troughs and depressions.
Snook are trickier. The low tides accompanied by a northerly wind drains the flats. When this happens the snook are moving to the next trough or depression. They are all staging up for the winter and feeding well on live bait.
Looking ahead: It might be cool by the end of the week. The water temperature has been in the 70s but could be headed for the 60s. Look for fish to begin the push to their winter haunts, so shrimp will reign supreme.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.