Daily fishing report

Published August 31, 2005

A close call with Hurricane Katrina had surfers frothing at the mouth, but even the heartiest of mariners stayed in port. But the wave action and wind have either moved or broken up the Red Tide and also helped lower water temperatures slightly.

The aftermath of a bad storm and some extra time without electricity are possible contributors to tall tales generated because of weather anomalies. There are many stories of people and fish interacting in unusual ways: redfish in a back yard during Hurricane David and flounder piled in a restaurant in Outer Banks, N.C., after Emily. A friend and I once netted many large blue crabs at Tampa's Westshore Boulevard during a flood. The list goes on.

Before the storm Tampa Bay has had some quality snapper fishing. The mangrove snapper are abundant and seem to be much more tolerant than other species to environmental adversities such as Red Tide and hot water.

Downsize hooks when snapper fishing: A small, stout, live-bait hook is best. Any area with water deeper than 10 feet and significant bottom structure should hold snapper and many other fish. Live shrimp or small greenbacks work best as bait, but they will take small jigs too.

Snook will continue to become more active as temperatures drop. Redfish are returning to the flats and should remain cooperative until late fall.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call 813 310-6531, or view the Web site at www.snookfish.com