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.
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
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
Fishing around the cold fronts is the key to making a great day! The fishing out of the Gandy area has been on fire! Trout in the 17-24 inch class and multiple slot redfish being released as well as those over 27 inches. The smaller redfish are also easy pickings with a 1/8th
oz jig and a piece of shrimp slowly moved along the channel edges and drop offs!
The Snook bite has been on fire with whitebait readily available to the hard working individual! Read More
Last weekend I had the Chicago crew down again for their annual guys fishing trip. This year the group added another “Mike” to make 3 and 2 days to their trip. They showed up ready to fish, unfortunately Mother Nature threw a wrench in our plan blowing winds 20-30 Knots on the first two days. So instead of trying to get on some Tarpon from the start, we spent the first two days ducking in and out of rivers and estuaries catching everything from Trout, Ladyfish and Jack Crevalle to Snook and Redfish. Read More
The Love Bugs are here!!! Now don’t go thinking I actually like these horny little paint killers. Actually, there are few things I dislike more than having to wash them of my car every few days, but they are good for one thing. Every year Love Bugs are a sure sign that Tarpon and Cobia are here. Now we have been catching a few Cobia and some nice Tarpon, but the big numbers had not shown up yet.
We spent Sunday afternoon fishing the Anclote area with Captain Jeff and some friends. Capt. Jeff got out early and battled through windy, rough conditions to get enough bait for the day. We hopped aboard the boat and idled out of the river. We had Cobia on our minds but with the wind up and a moderate chop on the water, it made it hard to spot cruising fish. We ran back into the river in search of Redfish and calmer water. Read More
Tarpon, TARPON, TARPON!!!!
Tarpon have been on my mind ever since the big schools left last year. Well, Tarpon Time is here again! Last week we strung together consecutive days of 5 or more Tarpon ranging from 60-120 lbs. The bait is right where it should be and the Tarpon are ready to eat. We have been hooking them around the bridges and seeing them on the beaches and passes as well. This is just the beginning and it is only going to get better over the next few months. Read More
Well, the weather made it hard to get out last week, but it did afford us a few windows to get out and get on some big fish! Some early season Tarpon are making a welcome appearance and we have hooked fish on every attempt so far. They have all been in the 50-100 lb. class, which in my opinion are some of the most fun to catch.