Sunny outlook: With the water temperature dropping a few degrees and fall around the corner, the fishing is starting to pick up during the day. Snook, redfish, trout and many other species are out roaming around the flats and the bay area reefs.
What's hot: The bay area reefs and wrecks are holding a lot of sheepshead, mango snapper and some keeper grouper this time of the year and over the next few months. When you are bottom fishing these places I like fishing the slower tide so I can use the smallest weight possible to get down to the bottom. Then I start adding as the tide picks up. I will also put out a flat line for some mackerel and sharks.
In the flats: As you start moving up to the flats this month you'll find a lot of bait, and that means the fish are moving up on the flats to feed. In 2 to 5 feet of water you will find the trout feeding. As you move up to the mangroves, you will find the snook and redfish feeding. In the fall I like the outgoing tide to about halfway up the incoming tide. It doesn't matter if you are using live bait, cut bait or throwing artificials.
Tip: Whether you fish the flats or bottom-fish the bay over the next few months you should see some great fishing in our area.
Capt. Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 or firstname.lastname@example.org.