East bay fishing report
Seasons change. We got our real first taste of winter this past weekend, but lucky for us, we live in Florida. This is perfect fall fishing weather. A lot of the algae is starting to die off, and it will allow you to sight cast fish. If you like to fish with live bait this time of year, make sure to keep your rod tip down while fishing. This will help the bait dive, and the birds will not be able to get it so easily.
Snooky. The snook bite is really starting to take off and should be even better after this cold front. They have made their transition into their winter holes and are eating. When fishing with live bait, I have found that a slow retrieve works best.
Red alert. You will still be able to find schools of redfish in upper Tampa Bay. They are eating live bait really well. Chumming with scaled sardines has really kept them still. If you find that the water is really clear, cut pinfish or ladyfish sitting on the bottom may be your best choice. The key is patience.
Bait. Allow your cut bait to sit in the sand holes for the redfish to find. If you like to sight cast redfish and speckled trout, now is the time. Try using artificial baits like a plastic shrimp or paddle tail shad. Slowly work it in front of the fish to initiate a strike.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.