Warmer temperatures in Tampa Bay make for some awesome fishing!

Tampa bay fishing

Inshore fishing in Tampa Bay has been awesome!

Fishing on the South Shore of Tampa Bay has been nothing less than stellar. Just about every trip has produced multiple species, from flounder on the flats to big Redfish schooled in the backcountry. The fall really has not hit us as we set record high temperatures. This has kept most fish out of their normal spots and changed our normal approach. Its time to book a charter and fish Tampa Bay.

Water temperature is dropping and fishing is great

Typically this time of year water is dropping into the lower 70s and we start to fish around the river mouths as fish stage around these areas to get ready for winter. This has not been the case as we have recorded record high temperatures. This has kept most fish out on the flats and also has bait still plentiful on the flats. This is not a bad thing you just have to make the correct adjustments to catch fish.  As a result of warmer temperatures all species seem to be very active when using whitebait.

Trout fishing in Tampa Florida is great!

Trout has to be the surprise as they have invaded the deeper canals. Looking at the temperatures on my sonar I would not expect to catch trout on any size but as of late we have been catching a ton of nice Trout. Both live bait and artificial will produce fish with the Miro lure Lil Jon being a top producer. Match this with a ¼ ounce Jig Head and you will be filling the cooler with nice fish. A great technique is a live Greenback tied to a Cajun Thunder float. Use the good ole Popping technique and you will have Trout at the end of your line before you know it.

Catching live bait is key to catching fish!

If you are a live bait guy you should still keep your Black Pearl ¼ inch cast net on the boat as bait is still running on the smaller side.  Look for bait to move deeper as cold fronts come through but as for now it’s on just about every flat on the South Shore of Tampa Bay . Since bait is smaller I would stay with the #1 Daiichi circle for hook size. Water is clearing up so using the 25lb leader will work best when fishing on the flats. Live bait in Tampa Bay is come of the most productive ways to catch fish.

Redfish is on fire right now!

Redfish are still hanging around in Tampa Bay on the flats in good numbers. As mentioned above water is a bit cleaner than last month so using a quiet stealthy approach is a must. Fishing the high tides that fall mid day this month will be your best chance to produce good numbers on redfish. A free lined Shrimp will be a great option as they love crustaceans this time of year. The key is to adjust your fishing style based on what your water temperature is on your sonar. This will tell you what areas to fish and where to find fish. Eventually we will start seeing winter and this will move these fish to their normal winter homes. Until then get out on the flats and enjoy the Florida heat… Tight lines!!

How to book a charter

If you are looking to book a inshore fishing charter for the Tampa Bay area it really an easy process. Just got to our website right here and click the book online tab. It will take you to the bookings page. Pick the date of choice and you are ready for a great day on the water!

Tampa Bay fishing is great!

Tampa Bay fishing is great!

Tampa Bay is a beautiful, calm bay perfect for fishing. The water is usually around 70 degrees,
and there are many places to go out on the water. Fishing in Tampa Bay can be an enjoyable
experience for anyone looking to share some quality time with friends or family. Hernando
Beach has one of the largest saltwater sandbars where you can swim or fish from the shoreline.
Other favorite destinations include Clearwater Beach Pier and Caladesi Island’s beachside pier
with its stunning views.

Fall time fishing

Fall is the perfect time to get out on Tampa Bay and do some fishing. As Snook makes their
transition back into flats waters, redfish are still hanging around in a decent pattern – meaning
that every day we see cooler weather which makes our trout fishing just that much better! It
doesn’t matter what your skill level or preference may be; if you’re looking for a fantastic
experience where anything can happen, then now would qualify as “now” with all this great
activity taking place at any given moment throughout fall.

What’s fishing is hot in Tampa Bay.

What’s fishing is hot in Tampa Bay?
The best way to catch big numbers of Snook this time of year is by using whitebait as bait.
Whitebaits will start on the shallow flats and then move into deeper water as waters cool down, making their transition easy for anglers who want a quick fix before summer ends! You can find plenty around markers or towers inside Tampa Bay, so don’t miss out on these tasty treats from Mother Nature herself. The 12-foot Blackpearl cast net is the perfect match to get the bait in deeper water. As it cools down, start targeting rivers on your fishing adventure! You’ll have a blast catching Snook throughout these major South Shore areas like the Palm and little Manatee rivers

Redfish continue to be productive

When fish are hot, they stay that way until a short cold front comes by. I start looking in the
deeper creeks and residential docks as soon as it gets cool out because those areas will be more
appealing than open water with no food source available at your feet — but artificial bait can
help you cover lots; of ground! Live shrimp is another excellent option for catching redfishes
around town this time of year.

Trout fishing in Tampa starting to produce


Though the water is still warm, trout fishing has never been better. Targeting deeper grass flats and potholes on these “trail-less” stretches of shoreline will guarantee success when it comes to catching your limit for this time of year! Lookout near thicket areas; they may very well be where all those tasty 4 -6 ft deep fish lie in wait just waiting for a fly fisherman like you who wants nothing more than elbow macaroni from their dinner plate that night–catch them early before summertime hits us full force. Trout anglers should always have one goal: catch as many giant mouth breeds as possible while targeting critical habitats such as thicker coverts along South Shorelines. Gator Trout can be a great option as well.

When fishing on the deeper flats, try to chum with larger fish such as Grouper or Snapper (or any other artificial lures). Chumming will draw in all sorts of different species that might not usually come into contact – which means you’re more likely to find something!

Remember water temperature is essential to know what your local “friendliness” rating happens to be and how it shapes up between going out for an afternoon fisherman versus going the whole hog from sunup until sundown.

Give us a call for your next fishing charter!

If you are interested in fishing, want to learn more about Tampa Bay’s best charter boats, or need a guide for your next adventure on the water, give us a call at 813-727-9890 or charter boats. We have an entire service fleet of charter boats ranging from 1 to 6 people with full-time licensed guides available 24 hours per day. With our variety of boat sizes and locations around Tampa Bay, we can find the perfect boat for you! Do you have any questions about what it is like out on the water? Give us a call today

Tampa Bay Has Endless Fishing Possibilities

Tampa Bay Offers Endless Possibilities

Tampa Bay is one of the nation’s premier fishing destinations and for a good reason. We offer some of the best fishing mixed with some of the best places to visit. With all kinds of things to do and that great Florida weather it is a hot spot to visit. I’ve been fortunate to call this home my entire life and about 13 years ago I took it up a notch and now I call Tampa Bay work. I spend 275 days on the water as a full time guide and I can tell you that the possibilities of things to target seem endless. From Reds on the flats, Tarpon on the reefs, and awesome Grouper fishing inside the bay as well… It’s a place that is filled with different types of species.

Grouper fishing is something that is considered an offshore fishing but little do people know we have a ton of Gag Grouper in the bay. You can troll for them and have a good bit of success but I like to bottom fish or even free line baits back depending on the depths. As fishing offshore you will want a good bottom machine to find these little ledges that hold those big fish.. I love using the new Simrad 16inch with the all new 3D technology. This makes it a bit easier to find those secret Grouper holes.

Tarpon season has really been off due to rain and windy for May and June. This is kind of looking like a great late summer Tarpon run inside the bay. This is challenging but nothing is more rewarding than figuring out Tarpon in the bay… Gear for summer tarpon is pretty simple. I like the 60lb Fluorocarbon leader with 60 lb braided line matched with a 5/0 Daiichi circle hook. Match this with a extra heavy St Croix Avid Spinning rod and Daiwa Saltist reel and all you have to do fish hook the fish.

Reds in the summer are also a hot topic s schools still hang around the flats. Getting an early start is key when finding Reds this time of year as water temperatures climb quick from the heat of the day. Bait of choice for Reds would have to be cut bait on the bottom but don’t forget to have a Mirrolure Mirodine tied up for those fast moving school that will hit anything in site…

Mangrove Snapper is something I love to do this time of year. As the fry bait moves up onto the flats the Snapper stack into the bay.  Using this smaller fry bait will chum the Snapper to the surface and make for some great fishing for both the kids and adults.. Snapper fishing in the bay is some of the best fishing you will do and is steady action throughout the day

Last but not least would have to be one of my favorite fish to target. That would have to be Snook. Snook fishing in Tampa Bay is some of the best around the entire state and in the summer months the big breeders stack up around the spoil Islands to spawn. This makes for some great inshore action that any bass fisherman from up north would LOVE to do. One of my favorite ways to target Snook is a frisky greenback matched with a Cajun Thunder float. It’s just as good as watching a bass blow up on a top water at first light. Anyone that has not targeted Snook is missing out on some of the best fishing anyone could experience. If you are looking to target one of the species above and want to get out on a good day in Tampa Bay give me a call on my cell 813-727-9890

Captain Jason Prieto is a full time captain and has been fishing the waters of Tampa Bay since he was a kid. He is a native Floridian and would love to share his knowledge and experience through his charters. If you are interested in booking a trip you can reach him at 813-727-9890 or www.steadyactionfishingcharters.com.