Thursday, December 14, 2017
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Redfish plentiful

What's hot: The redfish bite continues to impress. There are plenty of schools throughout Tampa Bay. All the islands around Fort De Soto are holding fish. In upper Tampa Bay, Weedon Island and Fourth Street have some nice fish as well. So don't feel like you have to fish the same spots as everyone else. In fact, finding fish that are not being pushed around by a bunch of boats are more likely to eat. I like to use cut bait on low tide, then switch to live bait as the water rises.

Tackle: Some nice speckled trout have been caught in depths of 5 to 8 feet. Most have been slot fish with some more than 20 inches. Try using a popping cork. You almost have to because the bait is so small. Leave about 4 feet of leader under the cork. They have been holding in the deep grass.

Tips: If the summer heat is too much, fish at night. The fish become a little more active when the water cools. Snook, redfish and trout can be caught at docks. Many docks have lights which will hold bait. Fishing at night can also improve day fishing. Fish on the docks at night usually fall off onto the nearest flat during the day.

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

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