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Tampa Bay inshore

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Saturday, Jan 28 2023
Provided by Hubbard's Marina-Sheepshead action is definitely king inshore this time of year we see a lot of sheepshead around local docks Piers bridges jetties great time to target the sheepshead on virtually any structure in the area. Those sheepshead love hanging out around areas that collect and grow barnacles oysters clams or any sort of molluscs or bivalves and even crustaceans. Sheepshead love biting small pieces of shrimp cut oysters cut clams they have very small mouths so small piece of bait is key. We typically use anywhere from around a size 1 to a one out hook for the sheepshead. Minimal weight is also a good idea when targeting sheepshead as they can be a little leader shy all you need is enough weight to keep it in the strike zone near a rock pile a piling or dock. Typically folks will use light knocker rigs split shots and even jig heads as weight options and rig options for those sheep set. Redfish action has been going pretty well throughout the area especially when you can find that residential dock line holding redfish. They love live shrimp this time of year especially on the dock lines a light jighead with a tail hooked live shrimp is a great option casted up underneath the dark line or around the edges of the docks. Redfish typically will congregate around certain docks with bottom structure more conducive to holding shrimp crabs and other crustaceans. Redfish this time of year are very keyed in on the crustacean bite. Bait fish becomes a little harder to target and thus the red fish go for the easy slower moving targets like shrimp and small crabs. You can also use cut bait to target the red fish they typically will fall for cut threadfin pin fish sardines and other options. Trout this time of year Are pretty active. We also typically see a larger size trout on average this time of year as well. We are coming off that new moon and around this past week with lower moonlight at night weve seen a lot of trout concentrated around dock lights bridge lights and virtually any artificial light source at night. However as the moon increases in size and we get more and more moonlight each night the trout concentration around dock lights and bridge lights will subside a bit. During the day you can find concentrations of trout around shallow grass flats especially edges potholes cuts all good areas to find the trout. Trout love live shrimp slow moving soft plastics and even small pin fish. Snook action is going pretty well around the area especially in the upper and Back Bay areas were finding some pretty actively feeding snook. The snook are really active around creeks and rivers and bayous especially at the mouth of these areas where moving water is a little more common and those snook can stay a little warmer. Look for areas of mangrove shorelines that are sun drenched in the mid to late afternoons for the greatest success. You can also look for wind protected shorelines areas that were protected from the wind overnight and through the early morning generally are gonna have a little bit warmer water and a degree or two warmer water is all you need to find in order to find actively feeding snook. Snook right now are really biting well on a variety of different baits but slow moving soft plastics are always king this time of year when water is cold and fish are more lethargic. We are even seeing some snook out around the islands of Johns pass and theres even been a couple caught around the docks here at hubbards Marina this past week as well ironically. However it is not typical the sea snook numbers in the past especially with the water temps as low as they are but there seems to be persistent fish moving around even in the early morning hours. The majority of fish are pushed back into the Bay around Bay Pines in the entrance to long Bayou and up in the narrows north of us around those mangrove shorelines. Black drum are also super active right now weve been seeing a lot of black drum around bigger dock structures local bridges and even some of those oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. Black drum love live shrimp and weve been seeing them feed pretty actively throughout the day. Black drum will bite even cut crabs or small crabs but typically were using shrimp to target the black drum. Out on the jetty and on the beaches weve seen a lot of activity from the silver trout Whiting and even a few Pompano. However you have to look for areas of cleaner calmer water which can be tricky during these periods of more turbulent weather. However later this weekend and through this upcoming work week we should have a real good opportunity and some calming clearer water on the beaches which should increase significantly the chances for targeting Pompano successfully from the Johns pass and other area pass jetties.




Saturday, Jan 28 2023



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Tampa Bay inshore


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Provided by Hubbard's Marina-Sheepshead action is definitely king inshore this time of year we see a lot of sheepshead around local docks Piers bridges jetties great time to target the sheepshead on virtually any structure in the area. Those sheepshead love hanging out around areas that collect and grow barnacles oysters clams or any sort of molluscs or bivalves and even crustaceans. Sheepshead love biting small pieces of shrimp cut oysters cut clams they have very small mouths so small piece of bait is key. We typically use anywhere from around a size 1 to a one out hook for the sheepshead. Minimal weight is also a good idea when targeting sheepshead as they can be a little leader shy all you need is enough weight to keep it in the strike zone near a rock pile a piling or dock. Typically folks will use light knocker rigs split shots and even jig heads as weight options and rig options for those sheep set. Redfish action has been going pretty well throughout the area especially when you can find that residential dock line holding redfish. They love live shrimp this time of year especially on the dock lines a light jighead with a tail hooked live shrimp is a great option casted up underneath the dark line or around the edges of the docks. Redfish typically will congregate around certain docks with bottom structure more conducive to holding shrimp crabs and other crustaceans. Redfish this time of year are very keyed in on the crustacean bite. Bait fish becomes a little harder to target and thus the red fish go for the easy slower moving targets like shrimp and small crabs. You can also use cut bait to target the red fish they typically will fall for cut threadfin pin fish sardines and other options. Trout this time of year Are pretty active. We also typically see a larger size trout on average this time of year as well. We are coming off that new moon and around this past week with lower moonlight at night weve seen a lot of trout concentrated around dock lights bridge lights and virtually any artificial light source at night. However as the moon increases in size and we get more and more moonlight each night the trout concentration around dock lights and bridge lights will subside a bit. During the day you can find concentrations of trout around shallow grass flats especially edges potholes cuts all good areas to find the trout. Trout love live shrimp slow moving soft plastics and even small pin fish. Snook action is going pretty well around the area especially in the upper and Back Bay areas were finding some pretty actively feeding snook. The snook are really active around creeks and rivers and bayous especially at the mouth of these areas where moving water is a little more common and those snook can stay a little warmer. Look for areas of mangrove shorelines that are sun drenched in the mid to late afternoons for the greatest success. You can also look for wind protected shorelines areas that were protected from the wind overnight and through the early morning generally are gonna have a little bit warmer water and a degree or two warmer water is all you need to find in order to find actively feeding snook. Snook right now are really biting well on a variety of different baits but slow moving soft plastics are always king this time of year when water is cold and fish are more lethargic. We are even seeing some snook out around the islands of Johns pass and theres even been a couple caught around the docks here at hubbards Marina this past week as well ironically. However it is not typical the sea snook numbers in the past especially with the water temps as low as they are but there seems to be persistent fish moving around even in the early morning hours. The majority of fish are pushed back into the Bay around Bay Pines in the entrance to long Bayou and up in the narrows north of us around those mangrove shorelines. Black drum are also super active right now weve been seeing a lot of black drum around bigger dock structures local bridges and even some of those oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. Black drum love live shrimp and weve been seeing them feed pretty actively throughout the day. Black drum will bite even cut crabs or small crabs but typically were using shrimp to target the black drum. Out on the jetty and on the beaches weve seen a lot of activity from the silver trout Whiting and even a few Pompano. However you have to look for areas of cleaner calmer water which can be tricky during these periods of more turbulent weather. However later this weekend and through this upcoming work week we should have a real good opportunity and some calming clearer water on the beaches which should increase significantly the chances for targeting Pompano successfully from the Johns pass and other area pass jetties.


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