By Captain George Hastick
May 1, 2015
The variety is here from mangrove snapper to Tarpon and everything in between is available in the Tampa Bay area! I have been catching plenty of snook, redfish and trout along with mangrove snapper, some mackerel and a few flounder. I have mostly been targeting Snook, Redfish and Trout with trips catching anywhere from 30-60 fish on a trip.
Live and cut bait of scaled sardines and pinfish have been what the doctor has ordered and the fish are agreeing. Plan on fishing the moving water when the tide is flowing for the trout and snook and the incoming tide for the redfish has been good for me lately.
Snook have been very active with 15-40 snook being caught on a good tide day. You can get them to bite during the slack tide but if you want a great bite the key is moving water in areas that have concentrated fish to make a competition factor that creates a more aggressive bite.
Lately larger trout to 26 inches have been being caught in many of the same areas the snook have been hanging out in about 4-6 feet of water in grassy pot holed areas.
Look for redfish on the incoming tide working their way in to a shoreline or oyster mound as the tide comes in. Try to get within casting range and let them come to you when possible as not to spook them or give them lock jaw. Live, cut and artificial baits will all work including scaled sardines, pinfish, threadfins, mullet along with gold spoons and stinky finger twitching shad and paddle tails.
Capt. George Hastick fishes the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area. If you would like more information or would like to book a charter please contact him at:
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