Fishing Charters Tampa recent report:
10 am the air is thick, hot and slippery and recently the morning tide sluggish. The general rule is fish the best moving tide, if possible. The past week in the Gandy area the preferred tide has been incoming and time of day has proven to be a non issue. The sluggish tide provided a sluggish bite on the morning trips the afternoon trip I had on Thursday was set for 130 start. As we arrived to the first spot the tide was slowly trickling and the sea breeze produced showers around the bay and gave us a nice refreshing breeze. the tide began moving faster afgter about 5 minutes and over the next hour or so we caught and released snook from 22 inches all the way up to 41 inches, 3 fish over 35 and 2 at 30 inches, not a bad start.
Don’t be afraid of the bait fry, the big stuff is out there if your looking for snook, if not snapper are grinding hard on the fry baits. They can be foiund on just about any dock piling, rock pile or bridge piling around the bay and are excellent table fare.
Mackerel have also been engulfing the fry and turning up their nose at the larger sardines.
The terminal tackle for snook is a 40 series reel spooled with 15 lb braid attached to a 20lb leader and a 1/0 or 2/0 circle hook. If the bait is smaller I use a #1 or #2.
Snapper same rig as above add split shot and if the bite slows try dropping to 15 lb leader.
For mackerel I prefer the same rig again but add 40 lb leader with a #1 long shank silver hook. If the toothy critters cut you off a lot bump up to60 lb.
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