Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Trout bite continues to be outstanding

This weekend is shaping up nicely. It might be a little cool in the morning, but it should be perfect by the afternoon. The amazing snook bite from a week ago has slowed. They've finally pushed off their spring flats and realized it's winter, which might be a blessing. We don't want a hard freeze to push down and kill them all again. The trout bite continues to amaze. You can catch plenty in 4 feet of water around Tarpon Key. The gator trout are in about 2 feet on the sand. Scaled sardines fished under a cork is a good choice. Shrimp fished on a ⅛-ounce jig head slowly worked across the bottom is another go-to bait. A soft plastic bait also is good. The sheepshead bite is starting to pick up. While we're catching some nice ones, the 6-pounders usually don't start to show until February. Shrimp is the bait of choice.

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

Captain's Corner: Trout bite continues to be outstanding 01/15/17 [Last modified: Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours