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East Bay Fishing Report

Out and in. The cold weather has seemed to pass and it is shaping up to be a perfect weekend for fishing. We will have a good incoming tide the first half of the day. It will take most of the morning for there to be enough water to fish close to shore. You will want to plan on fishing the deeper sand holes on the edges of your favorite flat. As the water rises, you will be able to follow the fish in.

Trout. Big trout over 20 inches continue to be caught on a regular basis. They are keying in on big white bait. I know it is a run, but if this is what you are targeting, making a trip to the Skyway for bait is the trick. Make sure to use a bobber when fishing these big baits. While the trout love them, you will need the bobber to slow the bait down. If the wind stays down this weekend, a nice top-water lure worked slowly using the "walk the dog" method is also producing.

Redfish. Most of the reds are being caught close to the mangroves or in the creeks. Shrimp on a number one hook with a small split shot tossed tight against the shoreline or near oyster beds is what they like. The majority of the fish are small but we have been catching a few slot fish as well. There are some upper slot fish on the flats but you will have to wade to them. They seem to disappear as the water rises.

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

East Bay Fishing Report 02/07/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 11:39am]
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