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Captain's Corner: Skyway is swarming in bait

Fishing this weekend will be tough. Thunderstorms and high winds should keep most off the water. But the outlook for the week looks pretty good. The wind will finally subside for a few days. Bait is all around the Skyway and is making its way into Tampa Bay. Some small schools of redfish are starting to show up around Fort De Soto, Weedon Island and the south shore. The trick to catching them is to wait for high water. They've been skittish on lower water. The high water allows them to get comfortable. The key to know when redfish are comfortable is when they start to belly roll. Gator trout and slot trout are being caught everywhere, too. The slot trout seem to be hanging in 4 feet of water, while most of the gator trout are being caught in about 2 feet. The bait of choice has been a greenback belly hooked using a slow retrieve. Nice slot snook are all over the south shore and Weedon Island. They're blowing up on chummers. A 20-pound fluorocarbon leader has worked best. Make sure to loosen up your drag so they break you off. The water temperature is right for the kingfish bite to take off. We just need the wind to lie down.

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

Captain's Corner: Skyway is swarming in bait 04/02/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2016 6:44pm]
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