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East Bay fishing report for March 14: catching mackerel, redfish

Good times. Between the fronts the bite has been awesome. Mackerel are all over the sandbars and rock piles. Live shrimp on a long shank hook is a deadly combination. Don't sweat white bait if you just want to catch fish; shrimp is the way to go.

Bait. Bait has not left the bridge as of yet, so the trek to the pier has to be made to secure the snook candy. If you don't mind burning the gas, you can be a hero.

Redfish. Redfish are chewing but are very skittish on the vast sand flats. The water is gin clear. Long casts and long periods of lull must be made and endured while soaking a cut piece of mullet or a jumbo shrimp. The reward is worth the wait.

Tip. While spring is trying to install, take the cold fronts as a good time to check the trailer over, check the springs, axles and hubs. Check all the pumps in the boat and the batteries, and fix all the corrosion issues so your next outing is not a fail.

Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or tim@swiftfishcharters.com.

East Bay fishing report for March 14: catching mackerel, redfish 03/12/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:55am]
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