Thursday, September 20, 2018
Outdoors

East Bay Fishing Report for July 1

Go deep. Deep water is where you want to concentrate most of your fishing. Fish tend to move to deeper water this time of year. Deeper water will give the fish some relief now that it is so hot. The water temperature stays more consistent. So concentrate on catching fish in the shallow water first thing in the morning, then look to the drop-offs or deeper grass flats later in the day.

Hook the snook. Snook are moving into their spawning mode. Look for schooling fish on the beach and on deep shorelines with good tidal flow. They will be eating almost everything in sight. Make sure to take care of these big fish and release them right away since they are in the middle of their spawn.

Trout about. The trout bite continues to impress. Good numbers of slot size fish are being caught on every trip. The key is to be on grass in about 4 feet of water.

In the middle. If you are looking for constant action, then move out into the middle of the bay. The shoals are holding a lot of fish. It is important to have good moving water. Spanish mackerel, jacks and sharks can be caught on almost every cast. Make sure to use heavier leader with a long shank hook. If you put a small split shot on, then you can catch all the silver trout you like as well.

Snap into this. The mangrove snapper bite is going off throughout the bay. So go fish your favorite rock pile, artificial reef or channel edge. The smaller scaled sardines running the flats work best. Use just enough weight to get it down.

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

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Captainís Corner: Fishing in the bay with Red Tide in the gulf

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