Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

East Bay Fishing Report for Jan. 3

What's hot: January's arrival means more cold fronts moving in every few weeks to heat up the fishing. While fishing in the winter has its good days and its bad, winter is still one of the best times of year to fish in the Tampa Bay area. All you need is a bag of your favorite soft plastics and jig heads or some live shrimp and you will be on the way to catching good fish. One of the most important reasons I like to fish in the winter is you can take kids out and catch a lot of fish.

Flat-out good: The most popular fishing in the wintertime in Tampa Bay is fishing the grass flats for trout in 3 to 6 feet of water. This is the time when we catch a lot of the bigger trout, 20 inches or larger. Plus, it's not uncommon to get some big gator trout. The most productive method of fishing the grass flats is fishing shrimp under a popping cork or throwing soft plastics. This can be the most exciting way to fish, but it is also a very effective way to fish. Whether you want to throw jigs or use live shrimp, you're going to catch fish.

In the canals: Another way I like to fish is in the residential canals and around the docks in our area. The water in the canals is up to 5 degrees warmer due to the mud bottom. Large boats tied up to the docks all generate heat, which will attract all kinds of fish, including sheepshead, redfish, trout and snook.

Tip: Look for water just a few degrees warmer and the fish will most likely be in that area. I bring a pool thermometer on the boat with 50 feet of line so I can find the warmest water to fish.

Capt. Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 or captjimlemke@gmail.com.

East Bay Fishing Report for Jan. 3 12/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 5:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi goes on 10-day DL with back strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi is hoping his struggles this season can be tied directly to the lower-back strain he has tried to pitch through since spring training. Toward that end, the Rays placed Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday retroactive to Tuesday.

    Rays center fielder Mallex Smith smiles after hitting a single advancing runners in the third inning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with key series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It is going to get interesting tonight when the Rays begin a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Rays feel they are good enough to win the East Division. These next four games and the four that follow in Houston will be a good measuring stick.