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
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.
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
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
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
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
The Snook bite has been on fire with whitebait readily available to the hard working individual! Read More