Monday, June 25, 2018
Outdoors

East Bay Fishing Report: mackerel, cobia

The flood gates of spring have officially opened. Many resident species are cooperating as well as our seasonal travelers, such as Spanish and king mackerel. If you have not fished lately, now is the time. The heavily anticipated arrival of multiple types of hungry fish is on right now.

What's hot: "Holy mackerel" is the phrase of the week. The toothy critters known as "macks" are demolishing baits of all types. Live sardines or shrimp, and even shiny metal traditional spoons will convince a mackerel to grab what he thinks is an easy meal. They are now plentiful and a definite crowd pleaser. Mackerel are relatively easy to catch, and are especially splendid when presented on a broiling pan.

Tip: Cobia are starting to show up in Tampa Bay. An outfit rigged with slightly heavier line than the standard "flats, light tackle" setup is preferred. These fish are known for their tenacity while on the line and especially when if they hit the deck of a boat. They typically go ballistic and can destroy equipment and blast open tackle boxes. On a recent trip while mackerel fishing, the brown submarines known as cobia, were plentiful and definitely responded to our chum block that was deployed. We caught a nice one and two others broke our hearts, and pushed our tackle to the limits.

Seasonal: Hurry up and finish all repairs to tackle, trailers, and anything else that needs to be fixed. The season is here. Service and marine tech mechanics are about to be swamped with business. Beautiful weather and great fishing equate to fond memories for humans, and horror stories for fish.

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

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