Cap­tain’s Cor­ner

Tampa Bay Times - - Morning Briefing - Ja­son Pri­eto is a full-time fish­ing guide and can be reached at (813) 727-9890.

This year con­tin­ues to bring chal­lenges for the bay area’s guide busi­ness. What most don’t re­al­ize is how good fish­ing is in­side Tampa Bay. Most of the bay it is free of Red Tide and full of marine life. In fact, I have no­tice that the clean ar­eas are hold­ing more fish than nor­mal. Snook fish­ing has been great as fish move onto the flats with every cold front as they get ready for win­ter. They even­tu­ally will move into the rivers and res­i­den­tial canals. Red­fish schools also have been hang­ing around and as the new and full moon phases near, they will be ready to co­op­er­ate. The key with red­fish is to be ready when the school comes down the flat. The bait of choice has been pin­fish or cut bait. Trout fish­ing is pick­ing up with every cooler day we have. Look for the flats around the Cock­roach Bay area to pick up, and you should start see­ing those big fe­males on the shal­lows in the sun. You can’t go wrong with a frisky green­back un­der a pop­ping cork when tar­get­ing trout. Bait is start­ing to show on the mark­ers in­side the bay, but you should still be able to find it on the flats this month.

Ja­son Pri­eto

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