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 March 7

Spring fever. Spring offers the best fishing of the year in our area. Many species become much more active as the water warms, giving anglers ample opportunities for dinner and just plain fun. Offshore has the kingfish blitz, and inshore fishing heats up as well and goes crazy for a few months.

What's hot. Redfish are starting to prowl the flats in search of an easy meal. Nice schools of the red mini bulldozers can be found from Pendola Point all the way to Ruskin. There is not a lot of boat traffic in these areas yet, allowing large aggregations of fish a quiet place to feed and not be disturbed, and thus they are easier to trick.

Technique. On a recent trip, we caught nice reds on live shrimp fished under a float. Greenbacks are still in deep water and are difficult to obtain. Our shrimp presentation worked just fine. The water is still a bit on the chilly side. This actually is a good thing. There are fewer bait stealers on the flats when the water is cool.

Tackle. Medium to light spinning tackle is ideal for fishing in the shallows. Bites are detected much more easily, longer casts are possible, and it is simply more fun. The use of lighter gear will usually equate to more fish being caught when it all is said and done.

Timely. We are rapidly approaching "game day" in Tampa Bay. All maintenance issues should be taken care of immediately as shops and mechanics are already getting busy. Do it now, to be prepared for our annual influx of great catching.

Capt. Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or at fishontampabay.com/captains.aspx.

East bay fishing report for March 7 03/05/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. It's not a game, but the names are all the same in this football family

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — A coach yells across the field into a scrum of blue-and-white clad football bodies at Jefferson High: "Kim Mitchell! Kim Mitchell, come here!"

    These twins are not only identical, but they have almost identical names. Kim Mitchell III, left, and Kim Mitchell IV are  talented football players at Jefferson High with Division I-A college offers. Kim  III wears No. 22 and plays cornerback while Kim IV wears No. 11 and plays safety. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
  2. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) pumps his fist to the crowd after Tampa Bay's 29-7 victory over Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. The Bucs play at Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  3. Cannon Fodder podcast: Sorting through the Bucs' injuries

    Bucs

    Greg Auman sorts through the Bucs players sidelined with injury and illness in the latest edition of our Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Kwon Alexander left the Bucs' game against the Bears with a hamstring injury. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. College football week 4: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

    College

    The Times' college football coverage team makes its picks for week 4 of the college football season:

    USF coach Charlie Strong and the Bulls face Temple in a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday at Raymond James Stadium. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  5. Young girl injured by 105 mph foul at Yankee Stadium renews call for more netting

    Ml

    NEW YORK — A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against Minnesota, leading some players to call for protective netting to be extended.

    Baseball fans reacts as a young girl is tended to before she is carried out of the seating area after being hit by a line drive in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. [Associated Press]