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Fishing The Tampa Bypass Canal
Posted Apr 26, 2006 by Frank Sargeant
Updated Apr 26, 2006 at 02:15 PM
Interesting stuff from Mike in Todays paper ‘‘Take This fishing To The Bank’’ (click the link below to read the entire article) - wondering if you or he could share a little insight into what’s the best type of lure to be using to fish the the area he spoke of? Thanks Frank. Andy Greene
The canal has a ‘‘shoulder’’ in many areas that’s about 10 to 20 feet offshore, and a lot of fish hang on that lip. It’s a good place to throw a topwater at daylight. I’d go with a Rapala size 13 or 9 on 6-pound test clear mono for that duty. A soft plastic jerk bait might also do the job. As the sun rises, at this time of year, the fish are likely to settle into the deeper water, so switch to a weighted Texas-rig plastic worm or a diving crankbait. Keep moving - take a step, fancast the area, then another step and so on. Eventually you’ll come to a pod of fish. Tight lines. FS
Take This Fishing To The Bank
By Mike DeWitt
The Tampa Bypass Canal is a flood control corridor of freshwater that keeps the Hillsborough River at bay during periods of heavy rainfall. It connects to the river east of Temple Terrace, then courses south and west beneath several bridges and control structures before emptying into McKay Bay near the Port of Tampa. To the casual observer, the canal appears to be little more than a limestone-stabilized conduit for the riverĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s coffee-colored surplus, but savvy anglers know different; the canal is actually a 14-mile linear lake with a large population of bass and panfish.
Although the canalĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s water can be accessed from many points along its route, one of the most convenient and interesting access points is where it flows by Veterans Memorial Park, which borders the canalĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s north bank just west of where it crosses under U.S. 301.
At Veterans Memorial Park, anglers can find secure parking and access to Bypass Park - a one-mile strip of grassy shoreline that connects Veterans Memorial Park with a second, less secure parking location on Broadway Avenue.
The bank fishing along this sunny stretch is outstanding.
Sizeable largemouth bass prowl these waters, and they are easy to catch from land. A solid cast easily will reach the center of the canal, where these lunkers are known to cruise the rocky bottom. A small concrete canoe/kayak launch is available to for use by paddling anglers willing to carry their craft for 100 yards or so.