Looking good. It looks like we are in for another great weekend of fishing. The midweek showers and high winds should be out of here. Bait is still at the Sunshine Skyway and is pretty easy to get. Just make sure it is not the only bait you have on board. Shrimp is another great alternative this time of year. Sometimes with the cooler water, the fish don't want to chase down a scaled sardine.
Trout about. The trout bite continues to be hot in front on Cockroach Bay all the way down to Big Bend. Fish the sand holes in about 4 feet of water. Free lined shrimp or scaled sardines will do the job. I am still using lite leader to ensure a consistent bite. Try not to use more than 20 pounds.
Big catch. Monster sheepshead are eating like crazy during their spawn. You can catch some nice ones off docks, but if you are looking for the 5- to 8-pound class, then move to the reefs and rocks out in the bay. There are plenty of artificial reefs and rock piles throughout Tampa Bay. Most are listed at myfwc.com.
Red alert. Most of the redfish are being caught close to the mangroves or in the creeks. Shrimp on a No. 1 hook with a small split shot tossed tight against the shoreline or near oyster beds is what they like. The majority of the fish are small, but we have been catching a few slot fish as well.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.