Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay

Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay

Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a premier fishing destination when targeting multiple species right inside the bay. With plenty of towers markers and spoil islands there is more than enough places for fish to hide. These areas hold plenty of structure oriented fish  and make for some great fishing during the summer months. You can expect to have some great action packed Tampa fishing charters when you venture out into the bay. You will catch some of the most sought after fish in the Gulf of Mexico right inside the bay. Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay is a  hidden jewel.

 

What bait to use when wreck fishing?

Bait is always the first chore on any Tampa fishing trip. When bay fishing I like to have plenty of live pinfish and Greenbacks. I also like to have a bunch of dead greenbacks or even better Threadfin Hearing. We use a lot of dead bait so the morning bait run can be somewhat time consuming but worth the extra time needed.  We catch our bait while on the Tampa flats fishing just about year round. When its cold bait moves deep. In the summer bait has its hatch and typically is all over the flats. Our net of choice would be the Barracuda 12 foot 3/8 or 1/4 inch mesh depending on the bait size. Toss a little chum and you will be pulling in hundreds of bait and ready to go fishing.

Types of fish you will catch while wreck fishing?

As mentioned above Tampa Bay is filled with artificial reefs and wrecks from one end to the other. These wrecks are loaded with all types of structure and fish are not far behind. Fishing the wrecks,reefs, and ledges inside Tampa Bay will make your next Tampa fishing charters an epic day. One any given day we can catch Grouper,Snapper, Flounder, Sharks, Tarpon and Cobia just to name a few. Most of the time we can do this all in the same spot. Tampa Bay is a truly amazing fishery.

What type of tackle we will be using while fishing wrecks in Tampa Bay?

Tackle, techniques and tips are the last important part to fishing wrecks inside Tampa Bay. When fishing wrecks you want to have a variety of rods from a light tackle inshore rod for the Mangrove Snapper and Triple Tail, to the big heavy spinning gear for the bigger gamefish like Tarpon,Goliath Grouper,Gag Grouper and Sharks. Both of my preferred rods and reel combos are the Tsunami Evit 3000 size for light tackle and the 400 to 5000 for the heavier gear. Match this with the medium 8 foot action Tsunami Carbon rod for the lighter rig and the Extra Heavy spinning rod for the heavier stuff and you are ready for some great fishing in Tampa Bay. Check out the entire Tsunami line up.

 

Another great tip to help catch fish on these wrecks would be to have a good sonar with side imagining. This will help you find structure and actually see what type of structure is down there. I love the Lowrance Live units or you can’t go wrong with the Simrad GO12. Both offer a variety of features that will help you catch more fish. Check out some of the latest products at Navico

 

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Tampa Bay fishing report for June 2020

Tampa Bay fishing report for June 2020

Tampa Bay fishing report for June 2020

 

As the nation opens up and things get back to normal I’m glad to report we have been busy on the water running charters and catching fish.Tampa Bay fishing report for June of 2020 June is a transition month as summer hits us full swing. This means great fishing and lots of heat mixed with some rain every afternoon. You can expect to have some great fishing trips when fishing in Tampa Bay.

Tarpon fishing report

The spotlight for the month would have to be Tarpon. Thousands of fish migrate up the coast just off the beaches of Tampa Bay and St Petersburg. Tarpon are one of those fish that many consider a bucket list fish. While they take a lot of effort and patience you can find good success this time of year as they are very plentiful. Tarpons are a fish that will give you all you got and at the end of the fight you will wonder who caught who as you gasp for air on your next Tampa fishing excursion. Tarpon should be here all the way through the end of the summer so don’t forget to book your next Tampa fishing charters right here… This is your Tarpon fishing report

Tampa Bay Snook Fishing Report

Next on the list would have to be Snook. This is my all time favorite as I have enjoyed targeting them since I was a little child. If you like bass fishing then you will love Snook fishing. It’s something everyone should experience. Tampa Bay Snook fishing is some of the best in the state of Florida. Summer time is a great time to target them as they spawn throughout the summer. Fishing for Snook around the new and full moon will give you your best shot at a big female as they stack up around the passes and outer flats this time of year. It’s a great time to do some Snook fishing.. Snook fishing reports are good this time of year.

It’s typically flat calm and the Mangrove Snapper are schooled up at just about every reef and rockpile in Tampa Bay. Mangrove Snapper are awesome fighters and are also great eating fish. In the mist of Snapper fishing you will also find some great Gag Grouper fishing as well. These same areas hold big Gag grouper and if you’re really lucky you might run across a Cobia in the same area. 

Tampa Bay Redfish fishing report

Latest would be Redfish. Most think this to be a spring fish but we actually get some big schools of fish in the middle of the summer. Big schools of Reds is something everyone should experience at least one time. Redfish make for a great fight and you can catch fish exceeding 30 inches and shallow water. Book here is you are looking to catch some of the bronze bruisers.

As you can see we have a ton of options for summer fishing in Tampa Bay. Don’t wait till the last minute let’s get the date of you choice. We offer online bookings that are fast and convenient. Book at the touch of a button on our website. If you want to talk in detail or email about the charter we would love to answer any that you might have . You can reach us  813-727-9890 or captjasonp@gmail.com

Tampa Bay fishing Tips

Tampa Bay fishing tips

Tampa Bay fishing tips

 

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 Tampa Bay fishing tips

Tampa Bay fishing geography

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. 

What will you need to catch more fish in Tampa Bay

First you will need good electronics. These days you will find some great options for reasonable money like the Simrad GO series. Throw in an updated chart and you will instantly have wrecks throughout Tampa Bay. I have found multiple spots on my Simrad Evo 3 just by looking at the charts and locating the drop offs. I like the option of having 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. Bigger bay boats are preferred in our area as Tampa Bay get choppy. My top choice for a boat is a Canyon Bay 28H. This boat has all the needs of any angler that fishes in Tampa Bay and I like its offshore capabilities. 

Gear used to catch fish in Tampa Bay

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 for Tampa Bay
Bait of choice will vary depending on what you are targeting or catching that day. This will create a feeding frenzy right behind the boat.Get ready for some non stop action with just about any species that roams Tampa bay able to be caught.  
Make sure and get your next fishing charters booked

On your next visit to the Tampa Bay area don’t forget to get out on the water enjoy the awesome fishing experience. 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 type of Tampa Bay fishing will work for you.