Southeast Tampa Bay - Alafia River to Port Manatee

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Work the mangrove edges on a rising tide to find snook and reds.

Seven-day forecast 

Reds are in the estuary at the mouth of the river.
Trout are on the flats look for them in potholes on a rising tide..
Snook are on the outer edges of the estuaries.
Tarpon will be cruising on the deep edge of the flats moving from the Gulf waters back into Tampa Bay. Tarpon should be more aggressive after they've completed their spawning ritual.
Small tarpon are active in the river.

Conditions 

With afternoon showers moving in it will be best to get out at daylight. Also, hit the water about 3 or 4am for snook around the dock lights then move out for tarpon or sight fish the flats after sunrise.

Must Have Flies 
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