East Bay fishing report Back to school. Most summer vacations have come to an end, and school starts soon for most area counties. Therefore, boat ramps or your favorite fishing spots just might a bit more uncrowded now. As the days get shorter, inshore fishing should steadily improve. Season of snapper. Snapper, snook and redfish are cooperating nicely and will continue to feed for the next several months. Mangrove snapper have inundated Tampa Bay from the Skyway all the way to downtown. Even with tea-colored water and the occasional hyacinth floating by, we scored snappers right by Harbour Island. They will tolerate brackish water and still feed actively. Many anglers, whether recreational, professional or commercial, have realized that this year is the best year in recent memory for consistent catches of snapper. The gray or mangrove snapper, as it is commonly called, is an absolutely delicious and fun fish to catch. They love any area with rocks or other structure. Bait. The favorite bait for snapper would be a medium- to small-sized sardine or a regular shrimp. These guys are ferocious and are famous for being especially tricky. Always bring extra bait when targeting snapper. Snapper are notorious for stealing bait undetected, so the lightest tackle for the conditions is preferred to detect subtle strikes. Reds. Redfish will continue to thicken and should continue to do so as the water temperature starts to back off a bit. Record rainfall has eased the early summer hot tub conditions that we were faced with a few months ago. At higher tides, fish closer to the mangroves for best success. The use of cut bait for redfish has out-performed live offerings by a long shot. Lethargic fish love an easy offering. Captain Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or at fishontampabay.com/captains.aspx.