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EAST BAY FISHING REPORT

High tide: The incoming tides seem to produce the best bites. Catch an incoming tide in the morning and you're golden. Reds, snook and trout are all feeding well near the end of the incoming and just after the tide switches. Top baits are sardines, of course. On the artificial side, hard or soft plastic sardine imitations are doing just fine. Look for mangrove points that have tidal flow, bait and maybe some mullet.

Super season:We are coming into one of the best months of the year to fish because the days are shorter and the water temperatures are dropping slowly to a more comfortable level. Add in the fact that winter is right around the corner, and you have a lot of fish searching for food.

Redfish: You can still find this species in schools on the flats and grinding on whatever moves, but you have to employ a quiet approach. Stay away from the boat parade; it only leads to frustration as the fish are pushed around and too spooky to settle down and eat.

Other catches: Snook are ravenous after spawning all summer. They are beginning to stage up creek and river mouths, the openings of canals and any cut leading into the back waters of the bay. Mackerel are still available for some rod bending action, and snapper are still around and should be until the first cold spell of the winter season.

Contact Tim Whitfield at tim@swiftfishcharters.com or (813) 714-0889.

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