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Tampa Bay Slam - Skyway Flats - 2-22-2014

rkotinskyrkotinsky Senior MemberTampaPosts: 155 Officer
Hit the water at 7:00AM from the Skyway with water temperatures at 72 degrees. Tides not ideal, only a 2 tide day with a low in the morning and a high at 4:00PM. Worked my way over to the edge of a channel and began trolling and casting. Immediately hooked into multiple ladyfish indicating that the fish moved back into the area. Saved one of the ladyfish for red fish bait just in case. Finally made it over to an oyster bar and saw a lot of baitfish activity near the surface. After a few casts I landed a lot of small trout and finally a keeper.

Next I hit a few of my favorite snook spots without any luck so I moved on to my red fish holes. I worked the LT scaled sardine and was not able to catch a single red fish. However, I noticed a few red fish following the lure so I decided to change tactics. The next flat had a lot of mullet activity, I tried various different artificial lures with no results and then switched to a chunk of ladyfish. Almost instantly the drag on my Shimano baitrunner started singing with a small but nice redfish.

I re-baited the hook and landed another carbon copy red in a matter of minutes. The cut ladyfish did the trick and saved the day for redfishing.

I moved on to some of my favorite sand holes and worked them over with my LT greenie. Once again the trout eagerly attacked the lure on almost every cast in about 3-4 feet of water. Finally landed another keeper trout. Red fish noticeably absent again.

Later in the afternoon as I worked my way back to the launch site I hit a few mangrove islands with good water movement and finally landed a small snook to complete my slam.


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