Good Day for a Weekend

2008-06-30 16:59:54
Tampa, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Tampa Bay
Woody Gore

Started the off getting bait around 6 AM and it was tough finding decent sized greenbacks. There is plenty of small fry around and that works to our advantage when targeting the millions of Mangrove Snapper filling the bay. If you use a 3/8 net you'll get plenty of small stuff stuck in your net. I suggest a 1/4 inch cast net.

If you like snapper you will find the around markers, cans, fishing obstructions and the bridges. A light knocker-rig with a 1 to 1/0 hook works for me with just enough weight to get the bait down in the current. Use small greenbacks or shrimp and hang on... you never know what you'll catch around a bridge.

We took advantage of the high incoming tide and targeted snook early. This paid off with several nice fish and the largest being 40 inches. Snapped a few quick photos and released big fish unharmed but a little tired.

Just after 11 AM the tide had turned and we headed out for some nice trout and Mackerel. Caught several large trout to 22 inches and plenty of big mackerel using greenback free-lined with the current.

See ya on the water:

Capt. Woody Gore


Fish Species: Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel
Bait Used: Greenbacks
Tackle Used: Light Spinning
Method Used: Freelined
Water Depth: Snook 2-3 Ft. Trout, Mackerel 11 Ft.
Water Temperature: 88 Degrees
Wind Direction: Southeast
Wind Speed: 6 Knots
Adam S. with one of several large snook
Adam S. with one of several large snook

Jonathan A. with big snook
Jonathan A. with big snook

Woody Gore

About The Author: Captain Woody Gore

Company: Captain Woody Gore Charters

Area Reporting: Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg

Bio: Born and raised in Tampa, Capt. Woody developed a passion for fishing as a child and years later, he is still expanding his fishing knowledge base and skill levels. Now with over 50 years of worldwide fishing experience he does everything possible to create an unforgettable and world class fishing adventure.

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