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East Bay Fishing Report for Aug. 8

Snapper: Snapper reigns supreme for the hot bite around the East Bay. All you need are small baits with a splitshot. Shrimp work well too. Set up on any bridge piling, tripod or deep flat edge and deploy a chum bag. Game on.

Toothy targets: Large schools of threadfins are loaded with mackerel, small sharks and some bluefish. Long shank hooks are a must because those toothy critters will slice right through your line if you use any less than a 40-pound mono leader.

Trout: While snapper fishing on a recent trip, my client caught a 27-inch trout, and it was actually quite a fight in the deep water.

Summer sun: The bay temperature is about 90 degrees. To beat the August heat, I prefer to run most of my charters for scallops, if I can. You can't get hot if you're in the water and not on it. Scallops are plentiful from Bayport to Homosassa, and they are running in the 7-foot depth range.

Contact Tim Whitfield at or (813) 714-0889.

East Bay Fishing Report for Aug. 8 08/06/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 11:53am]
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