It was an excellent couple of weeks of the West Central coast. Many people took advantage of the warming weather as the days get longer. And the results were excellent! Prior to the strong winds of the past two days, conditions were excellent to get out into some of the less wind protected areas to see if the fish are pouring out on the flats, assuming “warmer season” status.
An influx of mullet spawn recently also seemed to kick off the mackerel bite. Deeper grassflats and the Skyway piers produced “typical” March mackerel action. Matt Gentile of Tampa hit the sunup bite for mackerel with an out of town visitor and had consistent (and for part of the morning, nonstop) drag screaming action.
The influx of baitfish marks the arrival of spring. Spring is here and so are the baitfish. Following right behind: The predators. From the lowly ladyfish to the prized king mackerel, the spring action in the Tampa Bay area is tough to beat. Toss it in there that speckled trout and redfish action is stellar and snook are responding nicely to warming waters, there may be no better time a year to put in some time on the water.
Next up: Pompano and flounder.. Flounder were not really strong in 2017 but hoping they go back to normal. If the pompano bite is anywhere near 2017, that will be some easy business for me.
It’s spring: If you don’t have plans to get out on the water: Make some plans to get on the water!
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