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Captain's Corner: Cold front, wind help keep water at perfect fishing temperature

Fishing continues to be hot. While this cold front and wind come at a bad time when many are on spring break, it helps keep the water at a perfect temperature. Bait continues to stay deep and can found at the bridges and on most of markers in Tampa Bay. For snook, March is usually the turning point where fish make their way out of their winter holes, but this happened early this year. Snook are everywhere, and if you're lucky enough to have greenbacks, they're easy to catch. While we catch redfish year-round, they tend to perk up as the water gets warmer. Like snook, they become more active as the influx of bait schools start to show up. Work the flats on low tide looking for tailing redfish foraging through the grass seeking a meal. As the tide rises, work the oyster beds. Early in the morning, I work a topwater lure to locate the fish. Once I find them, I switch to a soft plastic on a ⅛-ounce jig head. This tactic almost always initiates a strike. Trout fishing might hit its peak this month. The bigger size, usually females, are in spawn and will eat anything in sight.

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

Captain's Corner: Cold front, wind help keep water at perfect fishing temperature 03/15/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:31pm]
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