Fishing Report October 19, 2014

Cooler temps didn’t cool off Anna Maria fishing action

Flats fishing remains consistent in our local waters for yet another week.

Our last cold, as mild as it was, didn’t seem to rock the boat too much. Most spots I’m fishing did not seem to be affected by the slight drop in water temperature.

Snook and redfish are still feeding heavily on free-lined shiners. Moving tides, whether incoming or outgoing are providing the best bite so plan accordingly when fishing the flats. Peak water flow is key. On higher tides I’m finding fish way up under the mangroves, especially during midday. On lower tides, fish are dispersing over the flat to deeper edges to feed.

Mangrove snapper are still providing great light tackle action for inshore anglers — or should I say great frying pan action. I’m finding these tasty little scrappers around rocks and docks throughout Lower Tampa Bay all the way down into Sarasota Bat. Live or fresh-cut shiners will do you right.