Redfish Time!August 18, 2016
Summer is coming to a close. There are still typical afternoon showers hitting the Tampa Bay area daily, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rain storms help cool the summer waters here in tampa bay causing water temps to drop enough to really keep these fish going through out the day! As far as the bite goes, Snook remain a consistent bite with some big breeders chewing hard. Redfish have also been moving up into the bay area in thick numbers. schools have been appearing by the numbers. Slots and over slots are all mixed in, so if you want meat to take home there is quite the share to go around! Trout in the morning is best bet still this time of year, they tend to shut down as the day gets hotter! Mangrove snapper is a great eating fish and still is thick from their summer migration into tampa bay. The bigger ones have been around the bridges and pilings, but any kind of structure will be holding them most likely.
Tackle we've been using is a traditional spining rod setup with a 4000 size reel and a 7 to a 7 1/2 size rod with a fast action tip. We are using 15lb braid with about a 3ft flourocarbon leader at about 30lb test. Size 1 circle hooks will work for a majority of Reds, Snook and Trout. Size 2 for those aggressive snapper with small mouths.
Bait of choice has been scaled Sardines which are caught at first light on the flats. Shrimp or cut bait will do the trick as well.