Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Game fish seek cooler water

The gulf water temperature has been hovering near 90 degrees, and most species have moved to the cooler depths of 100 feet of water or more offshore. Inshore game fish have also moved away from the shallower areas to find some relief from the heat.

Offshore: The grouper and snapper bites have remained strong in depths of 100 feet and out, along with some bites from pelagic species. Good catches of dolphin and tuna have been reported by those keeping a flat line out with a live bait while bottom fishing. Trolling has also been effective when weed lines have developed along current rips. If the weeds are in patches, do a quick drive by to inspect for bait, as predators are likely to be nearby.

Inshore: Early mornings and late afternoons will produce the best opportunities for snook, trout and redfish. Live bait has been the most productive, but topwater artificial lures have accounted for some good action during the low-light periods. Look for areas with good moving water, and stay away from the back bays with stagnant water. The water temperature in these area can go above 90 degrees during the hot part of the day. The low oxygen levels can make it nearly impossible to keep bait alive in a well.

Tip: Use adequate tackle to shorten fight times in this hot water. It helps ensure a healthy release for the fish you do not intend to keep.

Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.

Game fish seek cooler water 07/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    Just when RHP Jake Odorizzi thought he was trending in the right direction after pitching out of the stretch during his previous start, he has another tough outing. He retired only 12 batters, which is never good, especially with LHP Blake Snell pitching tonight against the Orioles.

  2. Rays vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. Monday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Orioles

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Florida; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  3. Gruesome details of Rangers' sweep of Rays

    The Heater

    Lost weekend

    How the Rays managed to blow two-run leads late in three straight losses to the Rangers:


  4. Yes, again: Rays blow late two-run lead, get swept by Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As weekends go, this was a bad one for the Rays. In a word: brutal.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger, foreground, reacts after giving up a home run to Texas Rangers' Carlos Gomez during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 23, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) FLMC116
  5. As training camp looms, Jameis Winston starts throwing


    The start of Bucs training camp is mere days away -- rookies report Tuesday, veterans on Thursday, with the first practice Friday morning -- and quarterback Jameis Winston wrapped up his offseason by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch (video …

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston throws the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday's Rays-Rangers game at Tropicana Field. The Bucs report to training camp this coming week, with the first practice set for Friday morning.