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October 16, 2007

Mid October Inshore Report for Tampa Bay

Fall fishing is on the way...

With our impending first cold front predicted to arrive just before this week end, things may change a little. We will have to wait and see just how drastic the water and air temp changes are. That said?.
The redfish bite has remained good and I foresee no change in the near future. I prefer the incoming tide. My live bait of choice is pinfish under a cork. For those wanting to throw arties, Mirr-O-Lure Top Dog Jr.s and D.O.A. red/gold glitter jerk baits have been producing well.
The snook seem to be transitioning off the beaches and with this cold front they should continue their trek to their winter areas. Target the areas where you find snook in the spring and you should be rewarded. Docks near any major pass are holding good numbers of linesiders and are suckers for a well placed MirroDine or jig along with live baits such as pilchards, threadfin or pinfish.
The trout fishing should really take off during and after this front passes. The bigger fish can be found patrolling the skinnier flats around daybreak and again around sunset. However, trout can be found all day in deeper water, 3-6 feet. While live baits will catch these fish, they are just as easy to target throwing a wide variety of jigs.
Good numbers of spanish mackerel are showing up on the beaches along with bluefish and kings. Look for the bait on top and the fish will be close by.
Tarpon are still being caught in the bay and on the beaches, though that mat change after this front passes.
And finally, good numbers of grouper are showing in the bay. These fish can be targeted by either trolling or fishing any of the inshore wrecks or rock piles inside the bay.