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East Bay Fishing Report for Aug. 5, 2016

Here comes the sun: Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. The water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by mid morning and the inshore bite starts to slow. You may be wondering what to do when your bait becomes unhappy. You need to get them in some moving water. The simple answer is you go mackerel, snapper, and trout fishing.

Snap 'em up: I didn't think the Mangrove snapper bite could get better then it has been, but surprise, it's gotten better. You should be able to find a good snapper bite around most structure. The surprising thing is that we are catching them on the grass flats as well. The bite seems to be better on the slack tide or at the beginning of the incoming. The key is to get a chum slick going before you even start fishing. Use small white bait or shrimp.

Go reds: There have been some nice schools of redfish around the upper Tampa Bay. With the water being as warm as it is, they won't always chase swimming bait. Try putting out a piece of cut white bait or pinfish to get their attention. On high water, get the cut bait up under the mangrove line and on a falling tide, hit the sand holes on the flats.

Look for snook: There is still a good snook bite going on. Fish for them in deeper water that has good tidal flow. Try fishing docks and structure. Tampa Bay is full of small white bait and the snook seem to be keying in on them.

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

East Bay Fishing Report for Aug. 5, 2016 08/03/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 6:46pm]
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