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Variety is the spice of life and when it comes to fishing Central Florida and the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Tampa</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place> region the menu is changing by the minute. The overall equation is simple, warmer water equals the spring baitfish migration. With the bait comes our pelagic gamesters like the mighty Kingfish, lightning fast Bonita and the ever abundant and oh so much fun the Spanish Mackerel. Snook turn from lethargic to ravenous at the blink of an eye. Big schools of Jacks just waiting to pounce on anything that moves. Redfish moving further and further up in the flats with springs higher tides. The list goes on and on.

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Early this week we were greeted with many options. The snook bite was on when we located staging snook near the beach, these same fish would not even look at bait just a week ago Sunday when the water was 63. Mackerel were easy to spot near the <st1:placename w:st="on">Skyway</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bridge</st1:placetype>, casting <st1:place w:st="on">Clark</st1:place> spoons resulted in fast action and several cutoffs. Look for more and more schools to arrive. The bridge was thick with both Threadfins and great White baits. I spent time in the tower looking for the large schools of giant Black drum but brisk SW winds made for a big challenge resulting in no success locating the school. We did find both Redfish and hordes of Ladyfish working oyster points off Pinellas Point. Cut threadfins on a ¼ oz jig head did the job, very basic but effective. I receieved 2 reports of bait on the flats near the Skyway which is another spring time bonus.

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Baring any late cold fronts we are on our way for some outstanding action. And before you know it May and our fabulous Tarpon season will begin.

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Captain Steven

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i'm trying to talk the wife into a florida trip in the fall. I will be fishing, of course. We're thinking October. We spent some time up in the homosassa springs area last spring, went to disney too. I didn't do so well fishing from the beach and piers so i'd appreciate any advice.

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