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Daily fishing report

By KENNY HAYATT
Published September 27, 2006


The slightly cooler temperatures we've had recently have sent upper bay fish searching for food. Snook and redfish can be heard crushing small bait near the mangroves on the top of the tides and cruising the deeper troughs along the oyster bars as the water flushes out. The pilchards are plentiful around Weedon Island and Lizard Flats, and the redfish are there to take advantage of it. Light leaders are the norm when the fish are shallow and the tide is on the rise, but scale it up when the fish go to the bushes.

Anglers around the Gandy Bridge area continue to catch snapper around the pilings, and a few of the savvy are still catching pompano on small yellow jigs and fiddler crabs. Keep an eye out for schools of mackerel chasing bait around the artificial reefs, and check the bottom as well for early grouper and snapper.

This week's best bet for a good snook and redfish bite? Try running north from the Howard Frankland Bridge on the east side and fish the rocks and oyster bars all the way to the Courtney Campbell. Artificial baits produce well in this area and will often outfish live bait because of the loose grass in the area.

Kenny Hyatt charters the FishHog out of Tampa. Call 813 245-3122. or e-mail khyatt1@tampabay.rr.com.