It's that time of year where negative tides and strong east winds are really blowing the water out. Don't get discouraged. This provides the opportunity to find new fishing areas you might never have known about. You can find oyster bars that you might have never seen. Deep troughs also will be visible. Look for troughs just off of the flats that are exposed. The fish need to go somewhere, and they're usually piled up there. If you're looking for a consistent bite, target trout. The bigger gator trout are starting to move into St. Petersburg and south Tampa Bay. We usually don't see their arrival until January and February. The last cold front has dropped the water temperature enough that is has brought them in from deeper water earlier. The snook bite continues to be on fire. They must be preparing for winter. The best bite has been on the incoming tide. Look for them to hold on a mangrove point that has good water movement. Unfortunately, snook season is now closed. Redfish continue to be caught in good numbers in upper Tampa Bay. You can find nice schools of them on the outside flats of the rivers and creeks. The St. Pete area has a few small schools running around, but most are being caught fishing the big mullet schools.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.