Influx of bait means plenty of fish available


Whether you like to fish inshore or offshore, I cannot recall a better start to a fishing season than the one we are having. Name the species you would like to target and more than likely it is being caught. The snook bite is phenomenal in north and south Tampa Bay. The redfish bite is coming into full swing. Big schools of reds have shown up at Weedon Island; most of them are big bull reds, with a few slot fish being caught. Fishing with greenbacks should do the job. Heavy chumming will get these fish to stick around. Be considerate of other boaters who are fishing. These are big schools, so there are plenty of fish to go around. Monster trout are being caught in the Fort De Soto area. These are some of the biggest trout I have seen in years. Some have weighed up to 6 pounds. A greenback free-lined with a slow retrieve has been the key to catching them. Offshore you have your pick. Kingfish have been here for a month. Spanish mackerel, bonita and amberjack are eating the bottom out of the boat. There are even reports of sailfish and blackfin tuna being caught inside 20 miles. This is all due to the influx of bait into our waters.

Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit