Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Outdoors

East Bay fishing report for May 23

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Water works. The water temperature in the bay is almost perfect. The strong east wind has really kept the water blown out of the bay, which made it difficult to get to some areas. Finally after a week of solid winds, this weekend looks like it is shaping up to be a good one. There will be plenty of people on the water this Memorial Day weekend so just be patient.

Redfish. The redfish bite around the Kitchen, and downtown Tampa has been pretty consistent. Cut, scaled sardines or ladyfish that have been soaked on the bottom have produced the most fish. The fish we are catching around downtown have been on live, scaled sardines or soft artificial lures.

Trout. Trout have moved out to the sandy area in front of the Little Manatee River. They are in about 4 to 6 feet of water. They are responding best to the scaled sardines using a slow retrieve.

Mackerel. Before all this wind, we had pretty good Spanish mackerel and blue fish biting around the artificial reefs in the upper bay. This is great fun for kids. I use a No. 2 long shank hook with a 50-pound fluorocarbon leader. Make sure to keep a tight line; this will decrease breakoffs.

Snook. Snook are eating well on the incoming tide in Little Cockroach Bay. There are a lot of snook in the 20- to 25-inch range, with the occasional pig mixed in. It is nice to see these fish making a comeback.

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

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Published: 11/18/17
Updated: 11/20/17

Captainís Corner: As visibility improves, so does spearfishing

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Published: 11/17/17
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Captainís Corner: Snook bite remains aggressive

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Captainís Corner: Calm seas closer to beaches rewards with kingfish

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Captainís Corner: A little wind doesnít stop hot fishing in November

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Published: 11/15/17

Captainís Corner: Fly fishing success possible, even in wind

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Published: 11/12/17
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Captainís Corner: Low tides and cold fronts make for rewarding fishing

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Published: 11/12/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Captainís Corner: Reef fish abundant offshore; mackerel, kings better near shore

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Published: 11/12/17
Captainís Corner: Mackerel still going strong in bay area

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Published: 11/11/17

Captainís Corner: Cold front should push fish into backcountry waters

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Published: 11/10/17