Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Target the flats and shoals

You will want to fish the flats and shoals throughout Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. Scaled sardines can be found on every shallow water flat in Pinellas and Tampa Bay. Try not to overfill your bait well. It seems like we are already starting to lose oxygen in the skinny water. If your bait starts to come to the top of the bait well, get your boat on plane to revive it. This will usually bring your bait back to life. Redfish are still a hot target and some nice oversized schools are hanging around Fort De Soto. They have been there for a few months and are finally responding to chummers and cut bait will always work. Trout have moved out to the deeper sand holes and are holding in about 4 feet of water. I am belly hooking the scaled sardines under a popping cork. Pop the cork about every 30 seconds. Snook are starting to make their migration to the beaches. They are not there yet, but it won't be long. They have moved out of the mangroves. The best catches have been out on the flats or docks in Pinellas. Tarpon fishing has not turned on yet. Some smaller ones are being caught at the Sunshine Skyway bridge and in upper Tampa Bay. Expect the pods to move in on the next new moon.

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

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