Picking up: The water temperature is dropping and the fishing grows better every day. The snook, redfish and trout are starting to roam around the flats.
What's hot: The biggest impact of cooler temperatures will be on inshore fishing. Snook may start to migrate toward their winter haunts like the back side of Weedon Island and the creek mouths around the bay. Redfish are abundant at Weedon Island. We have been catching them on white bait, cut ladyfish or pinfish on the bottom. Mackerel are all around the bay and around artificial reefs like the one between the Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges.
Structured approach: The annual kingfish migration is starting up in the mouth of the bay. You will find them around the old bridge rubble near the Skyway. Mangrove snapper are still plentiful around any structure in the bay. Just drop a small chunk of cut bait or whole shrimp to the bottom.
Tip: As the water temp starts to drop, the fish start moving up the area rivers and creeks in search of warmer water.
Capt. Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Contact him at email@example.com or (813) 917-4989.