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The Bite in the Bay May 2012

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On: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 11:04AM | By: Captain Woody Gore

Expect good things on the water this month, especially as the winds lighten up a bit.

Snook are everywhere and, like the last two months, they continue to bite. Good tidal grass flats, passes or cuts from upper Tampa Bay all the way to Sarasota will prove productive. Live baiters use caution when chumming with greenbacks… too much and they get full. Remember, if you fill them up they will stop eating and that makes for unhappy anglers.

Spotted Sea Trout should continue improving especially as bait moves onto the flats. Look for lush grass flats with plenty of sandy potholes. These potholes should produce some good size fish using small popping corks. I’ve also been finding some really nice Trout in deeper rocky bottom water.

Redfish should start settling in for the summer. Check your favorite oyster bars, cuts, and broken bottom grass flats on the last of an outgoing tide and the first of an incoming. Don’t forget those large schools of mullet as Redfish feed in mullet schools. Greenbacks and silver dollar-size pinfish work well as live bait.

Cobia should start cruising the sandy flats and markers looking for easy meals, and they will eat just about anything tossed at them. If you target them around markers, use heavy line and leader as Murphy’s Law certainly prevails—when hooked they always seem to run through the pilings.

Threadfin herring throughout Tampa Bay means Spanish Mackerel and they should be in full swing this month. Good catches already reported some ranging in the 4 to 6 lb category. Chum them up with some live threadfins or greenbacks, send one up current on a free-line with at least 50# leader and a long shank silver 2/0 hook, and hold on to the rod and reel.

Tarpon are showing around the Skyway with a few on the beach. They should move inside during the summer around deeper flats. Expect plenty of activity by month’s end and on through the summer. Try free-lining some threadfins or greenbacks small crabs.

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