Captain’s Corner: December’s Inshore Tactics

Capt Jim Lemke Times Correspondent

With the crazy weather we have had this month. The air temperature is dropping and the water temps still in the mid 60’s during the day. You might want to look around the bay area reefs and power plants. When the water starts warming up in the middle of the day the fish

With the water temperature hanging around the 64-degree mark during mid-day. I would first fish the reefs in the morning for Sheephead and some Mango Snapper and a lot more types of fish you can catch around the bay area reefs. The bite has been good in the morning when the sun gets up a little. As the water warms up a little more some nice Trout, Redfish are moving around the flats in the bay area. As the sun gets higher in the sky, I start heading to the bay area power plants. Where we are catching Sharks and Cobia on shrimp. The jigs have been working on the Pompano and Permit roaming around.

No matter when you can go fishing there is always some great fishing in the Tampa Bay area. The best part of it you can use your flats rods to do it all. All you just need to do is change hooks and leader size depending on where you want to go fishing at.

Capt Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at