Water Temps in the Tampa Bay area have gone from the low 60s to low 80s over the last month and the fish have taken notice. we had a strong winter bite but it slowed down near the end of february after a couple of back to back cold fronts. However, with nearly three weeks of daily highs in the 80s and no cold fronts, the fish have become very active. My clients have been catching slams of trout, reds and snook on just about every outing over the last couple of weeks. The redfish bite has been particularly strong on firm, shallow flats with a mixture of grass and sand. A new penny colored DOA CAL Shad rigged on a 1/8th oz jig head worked with a fast retrieve in less than two feet of water has been the ticket for multiple catches of good size reds. Snook have been active as well and have been hanging near the edges of shallow flats and deeper grass flats. AS the tide rises and the water warms up later in the day, the snook have been moving up on the flat and falling for a Mirrolure Lil John in golden bream or watermelon red glitter rigged on a quarter ounce jig head. I've been using 30lb leader all day as the snook can surprise you at any time.
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