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The Bite in the Bay:

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On: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Captain Woody Gore

I’ve had a tremendous winter catching quality fish the whole time. Now that spring is around the corner the fish are eating like there’s no tomorrow. Even the live bait is showing up quicker this year than last. Overall, things are shaping up nicely for April.

I’ve had an awesome last three months catching nice Spotted Sea Trout using shrimp and artificial lures. It’s always nice not having to throw the net for awhile. We had some really great days with Trout measuring in the low- to mid-20" range, along with a few nice Redfish, Pompano and large breeder Sheepshead.

Coming in April snook can be found around docks, bridges, mangrove islands, oyster bars or any other ambush spot. You often hear me talk about topwater action well this is a great month to get a topwater lure punched out of the water by a big Snook. It’s also a great time to fish docks and bridge fenders at night. Any good lipped lure tossed at a lighted structure and ripped through the light line will produce everything from Snook, Redfish, Trout or the occasional Grouper.

Expect the Trout fishing on any grass flat to be strong through the rest of the summer. Jigs with a plastic tail or shrimp free-lined or under a popping cork will do the trick. And don’t be surprised if you pull up a nice Pompano off some of the sandy flats edges or in the beach surf.

Redfish are a staple of the area and you can expect to catch plenty from now right through the summer. Live baits or artificial, it’s all fun tussling with these fighting dynamos. Targeting areas along the flats, edges of breaks, and oyster bars should produce some nice fish.

Snapper, Sharks, Mackerel, Bluefish should begin showing during the month of April, especially when the large schools of threadfins show up.

Give me a call & let’s go fishing - 813-477-3817. If you want to catch fish, have a memorable adventure or perhaps learning some new fishing tips give me a call. I also specialize in group or multi-boat charters. Tell me what you need and leave the rest to me. Fishing Florida for over 50 years, I offer professionally guided fishing and teaching charters around Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Tarpon Springs. If you’re interested in booking a trip, please visit www.CaptainWoodyGore.Com, send me an email at, or call me at: 813-477-3814.


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