Cold weather and a strong northwest wind have kept most anglers in port the last three days. Water temps have dipped into the upper 50s in the middle and lower bay, making most of the species that inhabit these areas a little sluggish. The best chance for action has been in the north bay, where freshwater creeks keep the bay waters warmer.
Rocky creek has been producing a few small reds but the bite has been slow. Live bait on the bottom with a little weight will produce the most strikes. Trout are being caught in the north end. Concentrate on the deeper potholes and work your bait slowly.
The next few days are two-tide days, but the weather still will be factor. Look toward the end of the month for water temps to rise and the fish to become more active.
Chuck Rogers charters out of Rattlesnake Point Outfitters at Bayside Marina in Tampa. Call (813) 835-1919 or e-mail at rspotampabay.rr.com.