The forecast for spring fishing looks phenomenal. With few cold fronts and none on the horizon, look for everything to really take off in the next couple of weeks. A week's worth of southeast and southwest wind has raised the water temperature. Snook have moved onto the flats on low tide and under the mangroves as the tide rises. They are keying in on live bait. With the water still crystal clear, keep your leader around 20 to 25 pounds. Chumming with scaled sardines is pretty much out of the question. The birds are all over it. Usually schools of redfish don't show up in big numbers until April but they are being spotted everywhere from Fort De Soto to upper Tampa Bay. As with snook, keep your distance when fishing the schools. Just get close enough to cast in front of the school. Live scaled sardines have been the bait of choice. With the water warming, Spanish mackerel started to show up around the Skyway, so kingfish will be close behind. We just need the wind to lay down and the water to clear.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.