Good times. Great weather coupled with tremendous fishing, has been the norm the past few days. The springtime bite is on, and so are the ear to ear smiles of anglers. This is a great time of the year to target and catch many hungry and cooperative species.
What's Hot. Cobia have returned to Tampa Bay, along with their buddies the tripletail. Both fish prefer structure to swim around. On calm days, cobia can be spotted cruising around range markers or any navigational buoy. If you hit enough markers on a hot day, you will almost definitely get a shot at a nice cobia. Tripletail like to hang around the crab pot markers, and the ropes on the blue crag traps. The whole Eastern shoreline of the bay typically holds these tasty fish. They can be sight casted and will demolish a live shrimp. Their taste is worth all of the effort.
Tip. Cobia are famous for their after capture antics. They are especially angry when tossed into a boat. It is best to stay out of their way until it can be carefully approached. I have seen many lures slung into humans by angry fish. Big fish of any type deserve full respect.
Don't wait. Hurry and do your best to get on the water soon. This week is probably one of the last batches of good weather before oppressive heat and daily afternoon thunderstorms. Unquestionably, this is the best time of the year to fish in our part of the world. Spanish mackerel are here in force and should be utilized before the water gets too hot and then the big ones vacate the bay.
Captain Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or at snookfish.com