The onslaught of fish this spring has been tremendous. Though is seems that winter never occurred this year, it is over and the fish are hungry.
What's hot: Just about everything is biting, from the first kingfish of the season to snook on the flat. This is the time of year with such an array of opportunities, it is almost hard to decide where and what to fish for.
Currently: Live bait collection in Tampa Bay has been difficult at times. Baitfish, like game fish, move around daily as the water warms. As an option, traditional artificial lures are a time saver. Those of us who have bad backs can do without chucking a bunch of lead around first thing in the morning. As the water warms, scaled sardines will move onto the flats and make for easier capture.
Mackerel time: Spanish mackerel should consistently thicken through March. They are easy to catch, and if handled and cooked properly, delicious to eat.
Make repairs: Time is running out for quick repairs at service and reel repair shops. When the fishing is good and the weather better, these places get swamped with business. This equates to more down time during prime time.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa Bay and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or at www.snookfish.com