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Cold Water Limits Catches

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:17 PM

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Mike Anderson, right, with "Reel Animals" partner Billy Nobles.

The cold front from last week left our water temperatures in a really cold way. On Monday morning's trip we were recording water temps around 52 to 54 degrees. That is awfully cold, even for this time of year.

We had a couple of nice-sized schools of redfish in our sights but we could not entice a bite. The trout bite was not great, either, but we did manage to finally get them chewing once we found them. They had dropped off into deeper water, about 5 to 7 feet. Berkley Power Baits seemed to be the trick. They seemed to prefer the paddle tails fished on 1/4-ounce jig heads.

On our Wednesday trip we were fully expecting things to be much better after a couple of beautiful days. Not much had changed. The water temp was only up a couple degrees and the redfish still were not quite feeling themselves. The trout again cooperated well enough to call it a charter but nowhere near what the bite had been a few weeks earlier. We also managed a couple of nice flounder off some sand bottom near Fort DeSoto.


Catch captains Billy Nobles and Mike Anderson on the "Reel Animals Fishing Show" on Saturdays from 6:30-7 a.m. and Sundays from 11-11:30 a.m. on NBC, Channel 8, and on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. on 1040 AM. To book a charter, call 1-866-GAMEFISH or visit reel

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