We west coasters are so blessed to have live baits available to us throughout the year. I have fished all over the United States, most of the Caribbean, and some of central America and one thing I have learned is how fortunate we are to have live bait available to us year round. I consider the west coast of Florida a true bait mecca. With more than a dozen highly productive bait species available virtually year round, we are living in a live bait fisherman’s paradise. Read More
Bridges are some of the best fish habitats worldwide. Like an oil rig attracts fish offshore, similarly bridges attract everything from baitfish and crustaceans to apex predators. Tampa Bay is home to four of Florida’s largest bridges including the state’s second largest, the Sunshine Skyway. Along with the 4 major bridges that span Tampa Bay are numerous smaller bridges that connect residential areas. Bridges are favorite hangout spots for fish for a multitude of reasons. Read More
April will mark the beginning of our tarpon season. Consistent reports of poon sightings and hookups start to spread quickly, and everyone starts to feel symptoms of tarpon fever. You know tarpon fever is spreading when tackle shops start to run out of heavier Fluorocarbon leader, bigger circle hooks are disappearing of the racks, and guys are flooding in one after another with big dusty spinning reels to get them reloaded with heavier braid. Read More
As water temps drop, moving off the flats may be all you need to do to keep your rods bent all day.It’s no secret that the fish that roam Tampa Bay’s flats don’t like cold water. Lower water temps mean fish are more lethargic, eat less, and move less. Water temperatures on the clean shallow flats of Tampa Bay fluctuate a lot throughout the day. As the sun sets water temps in shallow water can drop drastically and take several hours of sunlight to start warming back up. Conversely, water temperatures in deeper water stay much more constant. Read More
Tampa Bay’s flounder fishery has been dramatically improving over the past few years. Fortunately for those of us that like to catch and eat these tasty flat fish, flounder populations are strong enough to exclusively target them during the cooler months of the year.
Two species of flounder call Tampa Bay home. The Gulf flounder is the most common and can be identified by three distinct dark spots on its back. The southern flounder is less common and usually covered in spots. Read More
The weather is not the only thing that is hot right now. The summer heat is here but with it comes some of the best fishing action of the year. Fishing the flats and mangrove shorelines for snook, redfish, and trout is still consistent, but the best action has been for tarpon, cobia, sharks, snapper, and grouper.
Fishing for big snook has been really good, especially early in the mornings before the sun starts to heat things up too much. Read More
TARPON SEASON IS HERE!!!Tarpon fishing in Tampa Bay is perhaps the most exciting light tackle fishing the world has to offer in one of the worlds most productive tarpon fisheries. This season is sure to be a great one and I still have a few good tarpon days available for May and June.
Ever since I was very young and caught my first tarpon I have been addicted to chasing and catching these amazing fish. Read More
Our recent fishing charters on Tampa Bay have been fair to excellent over the last month and things are really about to heat up. We have been fishing from the Skyway Bridge and Fort DeSoto all the way up in the bay to the Gandy Bridge. The redfish and trout fishing have been good, but it’s the snook action that has really stolen the stage lately. We have caught many snook over 30 inches lately, and lost some even bigger ones to the bushes and docks.
The Snook have started to move into the rivers, estuaries, and small bays, and are feeding almost 24/7 to fatten up for Winter. Read More
It’s one of my favorite times of the year again and the fishing gods must be in a good mood because they sent us some great fishing targets ahead of schedule. Tarpon, Kingfish, and Cobia are three of my favorite fish to catch and all three have already started to show up much earlier than expected. Thanks to the warm weather and influx of bait, these three pelagics are definitely moving in to our area’s beaches and bays. Read More