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Daily fishing report

By CHUCK ROGERS
Published January 12, 2006


Trout still seem to be the only constant to fishing in the upper part of the bay. Limit catches of trout up to 20 inches are still being caught on the flats around Rocky Point and on the deep drops around Mariner and Culbreath Bayou.

Low temperatures last week have worked to slow the bite, but the fish still seem to be hungry. The afternoon bite has been more productive than the mornings. Small schools of redfish are working the north end around A Cut Rocky Creek and Double Branch Bayou. These fish are hungry but are really spooky due to the clear water. As the tide comes in, park your boat and wade. Pay close attention to oyster bars and to rock piles. The redfish like to scout the edges of these areas looking for small crabs.

Creek Chubs make great bait, especially this time of year. This bait is easy to come by and is quite durable. Use a small cast net and look along almost any sandy shore line - the fish will be along the edge. Use a 1/0 or 2/0 hook and lip hook your bait. It is better to free-line your baits, but if you are in heavy grass, a cork will work as well.

Chuck Rogers charters out of Rattlesnake Point Outfitters at Bayside Marina in Tampa. Call 813 835-1919 or e-mail at rspo@tampabay.rr.com