Tampa Bay Area Fishing Report December 2009

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Snook (Gulf Coast Size Limit: 28-33 Inches) – The Snook bite’s been ok but nothing like the summer months. These earlier than normal cold snaps dropped the water temperatures drastically sending snook running for warmer water. If you’re looking for greenbacks they’re also on the move and much smaller. While they always seem to be at the Skyway, north winter winds often make it difficult if you are in a boat. Shrimp are usually available except when strong winds keep the shrimpers in port. Here’s a tip when using greenbacks or shrimp during cool water weather. Cut the tail fins off the sardines to slow them down and tail hook a shrimp with a jighead and fish it slow on the bottom. Remember bridges, docks and deepwater structure during cool water times.

Redfish – Redfish should continue cooperating provided it doesn’t the water temperatures don’t get too low. Cut bait and artificial lures are productive. Topwater lures worked with a “walk the dog” action is always exciting, especially on a calm morning.

Sea Trout – Cold water usually means the trout bite is going to start. As the temperatures begin cooling they head to the deeper grass flats, rocky shoals and start eating. This would be a good time to experiment with artificial lures.

Mackerel, Cobia, Sharks – for some reason we seem to keep some resident mackerel schools in the bay area. You’ll find them eating glass minnows and small greenbacks.

Cobias are starting to show up around the bay and with cool water temperatures they’ll head to the power plant hot water discharges. Chum bags, large shrimp and pinfish produce well.
When fishing the hot water discharges you’ll probably catch your share of smaller sharks.

Sheepshead – Sheepsheads are everywhere and should start picking up around rock piles, oyster bars with sandy shoals, docks and bridges. Scrap the pilings, use a piece of green mussel and hang on.