Back channels. It is getting to that time of year again, to gear up for backcountry and canal fishing. The water continues to get cooler, and the cold fronts continue to bring stronger winds. This will move the inshore species into the deeper water havens.
Sneaky snook. In Tampa Bay, the snook have seemed to already make the transition into their winter holes. I am seeing and catching a lot of slot fish in back estuaries, canals and rivers. Light tackle is producing the most hookups on these fish, as well. You may lose a few here and there, but your chances of a hookup are much greater.
Red alert. Redfish are still traveling around with the big mullet schools. You will have the best luck on the lower tides fishing the outside of a flat. Use cut ladyfish or pinfish to get the scent in the water. Just make sure you are where the mullet are, and you should hook up. A nice bonus this time of year is that you will most likely catch flounder while fishing for trout and redfish. We are getting them on every trip.
Switch it up. If you are looking for a change of pace, then head just off the beaches. Kingfish are being caught from the Sunshine Skyway bridge heading north. Trolling live bait or artificial will work. I have had the best bite anchoring up and bringing them to me with a lot of scaled sardines. You also can find tripletail on the stone crab trips lining the beach.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.