Sunday, July 22, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Snook, redfish, trout fishing taking off

Tampa snook fishing has been off the hook off the mangrove shorelines around Tampa Bay. April is typically a great month for flats fishing. Recently, snook, redfish and trout fishing has been on fire. Tampa snook fishing has been great overall with many small to giant, over slot snook. I have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of big trophy snook we have caught. I have boated more trophy snook than in years past. We have been averaging around 12 snook a day and landing a few over slot size. Redfish are also doing very well. On most days I get plenty of redfish mixed in with mullet schools. Most of the reds mixed in with the mullet have been in the 18- to 27-inch class and a handful more than 30 inches. On lower tide days, I have been getting 30-plus inch reds. Trout fishing has also been great with many big gator trout. They have been in different places, mixed in with snook and redfish. Most have been 16 to 25 inches with some just under 30. Trout fishing is doing very well. Throw a handful of bait to see fish start to pop the bait. This is when snook and tarpon start migrating to the beaches and passes.

Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at [email protected]

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