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East wind’s return improves fishing
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Finally, we can say goodbye to that annoying onshore wind and welcome back our normal east wind flow.

Sloppy seas and thunderstorms moving in off the Gulf left few options this past week.

Tarpon were pretty much off the hit list all together and along with it went some pretty good near shore trout fishing. However, redfish and snook remained targetable, and at certain parts of the tides the fishing has been really good.

Working the higher portion of the incoming tide along mangrove shorelines in many of the no-motor zone areas, we were successful at targeting upper slot redfish with many over slot fish mixed in the entire full moon phase.

Summer high tides will have the redfish pushing well under the trees as soon as the water gets high enough. Casting cut pinfish up in tight to the bushes is a productive way to lure the big fish out for a snack.

Snook are staged up in the passes especially on the strong tides. Targeting beach shoals and cuts with free-lined or lightly weighted grass grunts or butterfish has accounted for some boss snook lately. Just let your baits rest down-tide on the sandy roll-offs and wait for the big fish to swim by and grab it.

Weekend boat traffic all but shut this pattern down last weekend so you may want to target your snook first thing in the morning regardless of the tide. As long as it’s moving you have a chance at catching fish.

Tarpon are back on the list this week. East winds will present the right conditions for spotting and setting up on migratory schools as they travel along area beaches. The schools will generally be moving north and often pretty fast, so anchoring in a travel lane is a great option. Live pinfish, pumpkinseeds and big pilchards will all work.

Trout fishing has really gotten good as of late, near-shore structures including artificial reefs and jetties are potential hot spots. Free-line or lightly weight live pilchards along the rocks and it shouldn’t take long to know whether they are there or not.

Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.
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