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East Bay Fishing Report

Scientific snook. Centropomus undecimalis, AKA, common snook, are heating up the flats from Bishops Harbor to the upper reaches of Tampa Bay. Recent trips have produced several line siders, most just under slot and some in the slot (if the season was open).

Bait. Top producing baits this past week, walk the dog type plugs worked across a point with flowing water, the crisp morning air mixed with the low light conditions has them feeling frisky. As the sun rises higher in the sky, jigs in sardine colors worked in troughs and skipped under the mangrove roots have been scoring, if you are quicker than the snook.

Fly guys. The small popping flies worked in the same areas and have been doing well. Blind casting a shrimp pattern through a mullet school has been scoring some reds and trout, with the occasional snook. If you're wearing your arm out and blind casting is not your idea of fun, try poling the shallows and sight casting gold epoxy spoon flies to foraging redfish.

Redfish. Redfish have been mixed in the mullet schools from Picnic Island to Safety Harbor. If you find mullet, you will find redfish. A gold spoon is a top artificial choice. If you just want to use live fish, ladyfish and pinfish steaks are hard for them to resist.

East Bay Fishing Report 09/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:48am]
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