As the water temperature slowly starts to drop, the fishing has gotten better than it has been the past couple of months. Hopefully the wind will finally die down so anglers won't take a beating from the waves. The redfish bite continues to be consistent throughout the bay area. Cut bait seems to work best, but as the water temperature drops, redfish will start chasing live scaled sardines. Every day the water seems to be getting cleaner. If your bite starts to drop off, downsize your leader from 30 to 25 pounds. It took a little while, but the snook bite has taken off in the past week. Live bait (high tide) and cut bait (low tide) works. Make sure to fish the sand holes when using cut bait on low tide. Now that stone crab traps are out, expect kingfish to start showing up. The water temperature is getting about right for them. Expect to see smaller ones first. Bonita and Spanish mackerel are pretty thick as well. A medium-sized scaled sardine was the bait of choice.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.