Tampa Bay Fishing Report February 2009

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Snook: – There are greenbacks at the Skyway. Net some and there’s a good chance you can find a snook willing to eat them. I’ve been finding them back around docks in deeper water with muddy bottoms. I’ve also had several good days tossing diving or suspending lures around inshore canals, creeks and rivers.

Redfish – If you’re looking for bait the skyway is loaded with greenbacks and you normally don’t have to chum. Just throw into the shadow line and you’re usually done in one throw. I had several good Redfish days on the north and south end of the bay. Live or dead bait under a cork and you should get a good bite going.

Spotted Sea Trout– The trout bites been on fire all winter and should continue through February. There are some really big fish hanging around shallow water pot holes. And on negative winter tide, wading is the best bet with a tote full of good size shrimp. A good incoming or outgoing tide is usually the trick as they seem to eat better on moving water. Don’t be surprised when trout fishing with jigs if you catch several pompano. We’ve landed several nice fish this winter.

Cobia & Sharks – Last week I saw a few cobia cruising the warm water discharges near power plants and actually found a couple on the flats around the manatees. One was swimming under the big mammal and you could hardly see it. It seems there are always plenty of sharks, jacks, and ladyfish hanging around the power plants and they offer some first-class wintertime action.

Sheepshead – If you’re after these tasty fish the key places are bridges, pilings, docks, oysters and rock plies. Rig up with a #1 hook, small weight and a piece of shrimp, oyster or mussel, scrape the pilings and you’re in the game. Be ready… there are some really nice fish coming from around the bridges. “Give Me a Call & Lets Go Fishing”