Monday, May 21, 2018
Outdoors

East Bay Fishing Report: Spanish mackerel, redfish, snook and tarpon

Wrestling with wind. Tampa Bay sure has heated up. Now we just need the wind to stop blowing. While it provides relief from the 90 degree heat, it sure makes for tough fishing. The water has been really cloudy this week.

Return of the macks. If you are looking to take the kids out fishing, now is the time. You can catch all the Spanish mackerel you like. Just look for the mackerel crashing through all the threadfins that have invaded the bay. Instead of using wire, try using 50-pound fluorocarbon leader with a No. 1 long shank hook. While you will get broken off sometimes, it will increase your chances to catch more fish.

Trout-standing. Big trout have moved off the flats and into deeper water. Find a grassy, sandy shoal in about 4 to 8 feet of water. They have been eating scaled sardines and soft-scented plastics.

Redfish redux. The redfish are still holding together around Weedon Island and Fourth Street. Just stay with the mullet schools. Scaled sardines fished under a cork have worked well.

Snook and tarpon. Snook are eating well on the incoming tide up in Little Cockroach. Try free-lining a scaled sardine tight against the mangroves. Tarpon are off the beaches, but with the windy days the bite has shut down. Hopefully it will be in full swing this weekend. They have been eating cut bait the best.

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

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