Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Outdoors

East bay fishing report: sheephead, trout and redfish

Wind. We finally get a week without a cold front but the winds have still been blowing. The temperature is trying to creep back up where it will be ideal for the inshore bite to really take off. Fishing during the week has been slow during the first half of the day. The tides have not been the best coming off of the full moon. The fish really haven't started to eat until late in the afternoon. Expect this weekend to be different. We have good morning and afternoon tides.

Sheephead. The only good thing about the colder weather would be that it has kept the big sheephead around. Four- and 5-pounders are being caught on the inshore structure throughout the bay. Fiddler crabs and shrimp on a #1 circle hook with as light of weight as possible is all you need.

Trout. Big trout are still around, from Apollo Beach to Ruskin. Fish them in the deeper grass flats on low tide and follow them up into the shallow sandy areas as the tide rises. Scaled sardines fished under a cork have been the bait of choice.

Redfish. There are some nice schools of redfish starting to gather in the Kitchen and around Weedon Island. You have to be patient with the fish. They are really skittish. These fish are not in full eating mode just yet, but you can expect that to change as the water continues to warm up.

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

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