Daily fishing report Tampa By CHUCK ROGERS Good tide flow and fair weather has made fishing productive. Schools of slot-sized redfish are working the lower and central parts of Tampa Bay. Concentrate on the deeper oyster bars where there usually is a channel on one side. These channels will hold many fish. Try to present your bait with the tide flow. This will make for a more natural presentation.
Snook fishing still is hot in the central part of the bay. Most of the sandy areas with good tide flow are holding big fish. Dave Hutchins, fishing with Iky Carrasquillo, landed a 29-pound snook on Saturday. Several snook in the 7- to 12-pound range also were caught on the trip. Snook also are abundant in the passes. Large schools are working the edges of John’s Pass as well as Blind and Bunces passes. Moving water is the key to success.
Freelining live bait will result in the most bites.
Tarpon have been biting sporadically this week. Fish in the morning for best results, but the afternoon tides have been steady, too. Work the east side of Egmont Key on the incoming tide with freelined live bait. Pay particular attention to the tide changes.
–Chuck Rogers charters out of Rattlesnake Point Outfitters at Bayside Marina in Tampa. Call 813 835-1919 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org