Good tips when bay fishing on your next Tampa fishing charter!!!!
One of the most overlooked secrets in Tampa Bay is the bay fishing for all types of species. Most people think you have to go offshore for miles to catch keeper Grouper,Mangrove Snapper, Mackerel and even Cobia. Truth be told you can catch all of the above on any given day just minutes from the dock right inside Tampa Bay.Im gonna give you a few tips to make your next fishing charter in Tampa Bay great..
Tampa Bay is 15 miles wide and 25 miles long at the widest areas. There are lime rock ledges,rocks,depressions and hundreds of artificial reefs right inside the Skyway bridge. Shallow water bottom fishing is some of the best fishing available on the west coast of Florida. Finding these areas can be a bit of a chore but with a little effort and some good electronics you should be well on your way to catching some nice fish.
First you will need good electronics. These days you will find some great options for reasonable money. Add in an updated chart and you will instantly have wrecks throughout Tampa Bay. I’ve found multiple spots on my Simrad Evo 3 just by looking at the charts and locating the drops. Another great option would be the structure scan side imaging. This will give you more range and actually show you the contours as you slowly move across the desired fishing grounds.
Next would be the gear. I like the Tsunami 4000 spinning gear mixed with the carbon shield 2 rod. This is the perfect combination from Snapper to cobia and grouper. Preferred leader size would be 40 to 60 lb test. If you are on the Mangrove Snapper sometimes downsizing to 25lb fluorocarbon will help with more bites. If the Grouper moves in you will end up getting a lot of break offs. This will change from trip to trip.Hook of choice would be a 2/0 to 4/0 Daiichi circle. These hooks will hold up to anything that roams Tampa Bay and will put fish boatside.
Bait of choice will vary depending on what you are targeting or catching that day. I like to have a variety of baits from pinfish to greenbacks and Threadfin. The big key when fishing in the bay is to chum with cut dead chunks of bait. This will create a feeding frenzy right behind the boat. When this happens get ready for some non stop action with just about any species that roams the bay able to be caught.
So on your next visit to Tampa Florida don’t forget to get out on the water and ex[perenice our unique fishing experience that we offer. We offer fishing charters from half to full days and both family fun trips are available as well as the serious angler.So give us a ring and let’s see what fishing charter will work for you. Hope to see you soon