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Any Tips for Upper Tampa Bay?

Dear Captain"Any tips for catching fish in Upper Tampa Bay?" Dear Captain "Can you give me tips for snook, redfish and trout in Upper Tampa Bay?"

Yes, there are some great places in Upper Tampa Bay for snook, redfish and trout. All accessible from land where you don't need a boat. First the Courtney Campbell Causeway is a great place for snook. One of the best areas to fish for them is very early in the morning during the week just to the west of the boat ramp. Not the weekend and not during the day. There are some mangroves there and when the tide is up they will sit along those mangroves. When the tide is out they will move out towards the channel. You can use a Mirroulure Mirrodine XL in the #49 or #18 color.

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If you go over to Rocky Point just east of the boat ramp and across the other side of the road. You can wade that whole area and use the same baits, it gets some good schools of redfish and trout during the good tides. Even some big snook. Just east of the point where there is a parking area off the causeway, the State of Florida just put in some new turtle grass. It has become another wading hot spot for all three gamefish. I would also bring along some scented baits like Z-Man or Berkley Gulps and for sure a Zara Spook Jr in bone color or bone and silver. These three lures in those areas are very effective.

Remember to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to bend down the barbs on your treble hooks. Fish have to be released now and bending the barbs down will not lead to you losing fish and will make it a lot easier to release them alive and healthy.

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Captain David M Rieumont

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