Tampa Bay Fishing Report
The water temperature is dropping and the fishing grows better every day. The snook, redfish and trout are starting to roam around the flats.
What’s hot: The biggest impact of cooler temperatures will be on inshore fishing. Snook may start to migrate toward their winter haunts like the back side of Weedon Island and the creek mouths around the bay. Redfish are abundant at Weedon Island. We have been catching them on white bait, cut ladyfish or pinfish on the bottom. Mackerel are all around the bay and around artificial reefs like the one between the Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges.
Cobia are starting showing up on the flats around the power plants on the back of Rays and Manatees. I would also check buoys and markers and the flats around the power plants also keep an eye out for sharks on those same flats. I like anchoring up and putting out a chum block out and waiting for the Cobia and the sharks come to me and stead of chasing them unless they are up on top. When working the same flats at the power plants, I have also been catching lots of Jack Crevalle and ladyfish.
Structured approach: The annual kingfish migration is starting up in the mouth of the bay. You will find them around the old bridge rubble near the Skyway. Mangrove snapper are still plentiful around any structure in the bay. Just drop a small chunk of cut bait or whole shrimp to the bottom.
Tip: As the water temp starts to drop, the fish start moving up the area rivers and creeks in search of warmer water.