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Old 08-04-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default tampa bay/st pete beach area advice

are any forum members from this area..i'll be working down here till september 13 and want to get out an yak..some pointers would be nice though as i'm completely blind in this area..thanks alot.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
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I'm not from there but I've been there a couple of times fishing... If you're fishing from the kayak, I'd defiantly recommend you checking out Weedin Island. It's a park that is set up for kayakers. I've also gone to Cockroach Bay on the kayak. It's nice there too but it's crowed on the weekend. Lots of mangroves. Also check out Fort Desoto state park.
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thanks alot will deffinatley check that out
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I'd check out Fort Desoto and over in Clearwater area go to Caladesi and maybe the West side of the bay between Gandy bridge south to Weedon Island.

I worked for a few months in Tampa and while I didn't get to fish all that much, I did a good bit of asking questions and researching to find some good areas.
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I'll add a vote for Weedon Island. I haven't fished there in the yak yet, but I've fished from a boat with a buddy a few times. It's a gorgeous place and definitely takes a canoe or yak to utilize fully. There were a lot of areas we'd have liked to fish but couldn't because of too much draft on the boat.

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Skip-cast weedless soft plastics under the mangroves and then use a fast twitching retrieve to get them out. Be ready for a snook to smash it and try breaking you off in the 'groves.

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Skip-cast weedless soft plastics under the mangroves and then use a fast twitching retrieve to get them out. Be ready for a snook to smash it and try breaking you off in the 'groves.

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down here they have a bait similar to the "fluke" the baits are called Reaction Strike soft plastics.Is that what you mean by "weedless"? if not what exactly are you talking about? thanks alex
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down here they have a bait similar to the "fluke" the baits are called Reaction Strike soft plastics.Is that what you mean by "weedless"? if not what exactly are you talking about? thanks alex
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If you like that lure, give it a try, but there's not a single brand for this. Take any soft plastic tail you like and thread an offset weedless worm hook through it like you're setting up a plastic worm for bass fishing but don't put any weight in front of it.

I personally prefer DOA C.A.L. and ZOOM fluke style plastics and 5/0 gamakatsu offset worm hooks. But there are a lot of other options to try as well. Pick something that you can cast accurately and looks good in the water.

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