What a time of year we are entering! Now is the time to book your trip for tarpon, cobia, big snook, sharks and the list goes on. Tarpon are beginning to show in big numbers and the bite should be as good as it gets over the next 8 weeks! . Our Cobia migration has already started and we are seeing some really big fish in the 50 to 90 lb. range. There is not too many species we dont have the opportunity to fish for this time of year so let’s get out there for some epic fishing. You can also follow us for weekly updates at www.facebook.com/fishwithcaptainmatt
Be Safe! Captain Matt Santiago
What a start to our 2020 fishing season! We have been experiencing some phenomenal inshore fishing for snook, redfish, and trout. There has also been a large number of cobia wintering in our bay this year which bodes well for our upcoming cobia season. Over the last few weeks we have had an incredible snook bite and have enjoyed catching some big jack crevalle and redfish. If you are looking for table fare our sheepshead fishing is about to be on fire as well. If the last few weeks are any indicator of how our upcoming spring season will unfold, its going to be a great one! Call us today at 813-205-2327 to book your spring fishing trip.
Fishing has been great the last few weeks. Our tournament win streak continues as we took 1st Place in the “All Heroes Open” Fishing Tournament hosted by Team ADDO. Our team of Wade Boggs, Steve Yerrid and Bob McDonough fished hard and ended up on top! It was a great event and we look forward to defending our title next year!
Fall is definitely in the air. The mornings are noticeably cooler and the fishing is improving every day. Fortunately for Tampa Bay the red tide that devastated much of Florida’s west coast never got to us. The fishing forecast for the next few months is nothing short of awesome. We are starting to see some of our best snook and redfish fishing as well as a steady tarpon bite for smaller residential tarpon. The kingfish are about to make their fall migration into our area as well. It is one of the few times of the year that you have a chance to catch virtually all species that call the west coast home! The bay is alive with bait and I for one am getting very excited about what the next few months has in store.
If you want to get in on the awesome action now is the time to book your fish catching adventure!
Here are just a few of our more memorable catches from the last two months.
Captain Matt Santiago
As spring turns to summer fish of all species descend on Tampa Bay to feed and spawn. It is truly one of the best times of year for a variety of species. The Snook and Redfish fishing remains excellent and Tarpon, Cobia, Sharks and Tripletail just to name a few have begun their Tampa Bay invasion. If one or more of these species is on your bucket list its time to get hooked up!
The Tampa area has so much to offer in the way of water sports, and one of the hottest sports around these days is stand up paddle boarding. Also known as “SUP”, the sport of paddle boarding is relatively new and has experienced a surge in popularity over the past several years.
So what do I and many other fishermen do when we have some time off…..Go fishing of course!
Fishing and diving in the Bahamas as a child was always the source of my fondest memories, and ever since I venture off Florida’s east coast to my favorite place in the world as often as possible. The Abaco’s are by far my favorite islands in the Bahamas, and I get there as much as possible. Read More
Although variations of this fishing challenge exist throughout the world and our state, The Tampa Bay Grand Slam consists of catching a Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Trout all in the same day. It has been one of my favorite challenges for myself and my clients throughout the years and May is quite possibly the best month of the year to get yours.
April starts the beginning of Tampa Bay’s Cobia Migration and while many cobia call Tampa Bay home year round its April through July that herds of migratory cobia invade the bay to feed and breed. Cobia are great fighters, great table fare and are one of our most reliable sight fishing targets throughout late spring and summer. I believe there are a few different “migration” patterns for the cobia we catch every year in Tampa Bay. Read More
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