Shallow water fishing for trout, reds and snook continues to accelerate as our area water begins to cool. Daily late afternoon thunderstorms are diminishing and evening fishing will become more attractive. As long as the water is moving, fish will be active. To become one of the 10 percent that catch 90 percent of the fish, use a fishing log for each trip. Water temperature and clarity, tide information, wind direction and speed, location of feeding birds, either diving or wading, and successful baits or flies used will give you a good start on choosing your fishing location as well as tactics. Going every time to the same spot where you once had a great day is a prescription for failure. Mullet schools have been a good indicator for finding redfish as well as large trout.
Fly fisherman Pat Damico runs charters in lower Tampa Bay and can be reached at captpat.com and (727) 504-8649.