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Captain Thom Smith
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posted 22 April 2001 14:03           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND TAMPA BAY, BRADENTON, SARASOTA AREAS FROM CAPT. THOMS SMITH OF FLATS LADY CHARTERS & ANGLER'S REPAIR, Bradenton, Fl 941-795-6711 & 776-1187 e-mail [email protected]
APRIL 21, 2001

OFFSHORE: Fishing this week, both inshore and offshore has been Great! The wind was a problem at the beginning of the week, however. The offshore people had a hard time getting into the Gulf, but by mid-week, it had settled down and the action started. Kingfish are still active and with the right bait, anglers are getting their limit quickly. Big threadfin, white bait, Gold Bombers and Manns Stretch 30s have all produced in 30 to 50ft. of water.

Cobia have been around the artificial reefs of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The inshore rocks just off the beach and the flats inside are great areas to fish, for the smaller boats that aren't able to get to far into the Gulf. Big Spanish mackeral are another option just off the beach. Pompano have been scarce.

INSIDE / INSHORE: Some weird "all day" incoming tides made it difficult to get on a good bite, but we're now in a better tidal flow, and the snook, trout and redfish have responded and turned on. You'll find them over the flats, around oyster bars and on deep mangroveshorelines. White bait has been hit & miss, but it's beginning to move up on the flats. It still isn't in large numbers though. The Bulkhead, Key Royale Flats, and a few spots in Terra Ceia Bay , and of course, The Skyway are the best places to look. It does take alot of chum and patience, however.

Snook have been active next to the mangroves, around oyster bars, and in a few spots that have sand holes and grass patches out on the flats. Redfish have been concentrated around the oyster bars and hard bottom, shell areas. Trout, at least bigger trout have bveen available on the deeper grass edges and in the deep pot holes on the flats.

Live bait, like shrimp and whitebait, or artificials like Cotee, root beer Chubby Grubs, chartruse Swirltails or Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows will all produce. Tarpon are on the move and making a push toward the beach, but for now, the Rattlesnake shoreline, the Bulkhead and around Bean Point and Longboat Pass would all be good places to look for, and possibly "jump" one.

GOOD FISHING, CAPT. THOM SMITH OF FLATS LADY CHARTERS & ANGLER'S REPAIR, Bradenton 941-795-6711 & 776-1187 e-mail [email protected]

LISTEN TO THE FLORIDA MARINE SCENE EVERY SUNDAY MORNING FROM 8 - 10, ON 1040AM, and call and talk to Capt. Thom.

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