Inshore Bite Has Been Great In Tampa Bay
Capt. John Rivers
August 4, 2017
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
Tampa Bay Inshore Charter Report
Tropical Storm Emily came in with a lot of rain, but other than that it was not too bad.
Let's talk Mangrove Snapper first; the bite has been red hot the past three weeks!
Small white bait and chumming has been the ticket, that and a lighter leader and a small circle Gamakatsu #2 hook is what I like for mangrove snappers on the rock piles.
Red fishing has also been pretty good on the flats; cut bait has been working well, but I can't give away where, you'll have to do a little scouting on your own.
Snook fishing in the mangroves has been good very early but then around 10am it slows down. If you want to toss a top-water plug, try Heddon top water in bone color or MirrOlure's MirrOdine #49 Bayou Greenback early as the sunrise and you'll definitely get some bites. From 8-10 am try a small jerk bait like Rapala's Rip &Slash, I've done well with it. But sometimes you need live bait to really get the fish going. Chum heavy and preferably on an outgoing tide.
It's been rainy, but when it gets clear it's perfect weather for fishing.
If you're looking for an inshore fishing trip in Tampa Bay or a Clearwater guide, give me a call and we'll get you hooked up on some great light tackle fishing.
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