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.
We are coming to an end for the summer of 2020. While this year has been full of surprises in the fishing world from Covid 19, we have stayed busy late summer and our fishing charters have been successful. Snook, Redfish, Grouper, Cobia, Tarpon, Trout and many others have been boat side this summer. Here is your Tampa fishing report for September.
Redfish are the highlight this month as big schools of breeder fish gather up in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Redfish have been very plentiful this year with fish schooling up in good numbers especially around the new and full moons. I really like fishing the lower tides and finding fish on the outer flats roaming around eating anything in front of them. Both live and artificial baits are good options. I like throwing something with good weight to add to the distance on your cast. One of my favorite baits when fishing in Tampa bay is the z man chatter bait. The chatter bait works well when targeting big schools of Reds. It has plenty of weight, has flash and makes noise. This checks off all the boxes when looking for a bait to fish schools of Redfish in Tampa Bay.
Snook this time of year on the Tampa Bay flats. It’s not uncommon to catch 30 Snook on a fishing charter as we approach fall fishing in Tampa Bay. Snook are some of our top sought after species for the month of September. Its just another species we target and make September fishing in Tampa so good.
Grouper and Snapper
Next on the list for the Tampa fishing report in September would have to be Mangrove Snapper and Gag Grouper. Both fish are considered nearshore or offshore fish but with the great Tampa fishing we have the pleasure of catching both species right inside the bay. This happens just a few minutes from the dock. Both Grouper and Snapper are plentiful and make for a great table fair. Sizes on Grouper for Tampa Bay are seasonal and have a minimum size of 24 inches and a bag limit of 2. For more information of the Grouper regulations https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/groupers/
Snapper have a different size with a minimum size of 10 inches and 5 per person. They are also open year-round.
Looking forward to fishing with you!
Top Places To Fish In Tampa Bay!
Tampa Bay is one the best places in Florida to fish. Some of the nations most targeted fish live right here in Tampa Bay. You would be surprised the variety of species you can catch in a single trip when fishing Tampa Bay. In additions to some great fishing we have some of the top beaches in the nation spreading from as far south as Anna Maria to all the way to to Clear water beach. Top places to fish in Tampa Bay is right here.
Snook is a top targeted fish in Tampa Bay
Snook is one of my favorite fish and Tampa Bay has some of the best Snook fishing around. Sizes range from 16 to 45 inches with the average fish settling in at 22 inches. Snook fishing is very popular to the bass guys because they resemble a bass but get bigger and fight harder. So if you are a bass fisherman go ahead and get your next Tampa fishing charter on the books. You will love Snook fishing.
Redfish is another fish to catch
Red fish is another dandy and the west central Florida is no slouch when it comes to Red fish. With miles of flats and back country its not uncommon to see a big school of 300 fish milling down the flat in search of some type of meal. You will also find success underneath the Mangroves that cover Tampa Bay. Red-fish are here year round but some of the best months to target the big breeder fish are around September and October.
Grouper are a top targeted fish
Grouper is another big fish that we target here in the Tampa Bay area. Most people typically think that Grouper are an offshore fish and they are, but we also have a great Gag Grouper fishery in the bay. Its a blast targeting Shallow water Grouper. We can catch them year round but reason opens June 1st so they become a highly targeted fish in the summer. If you like a strong pulling fish then you need to do some Grouper fishing in Tampa Bay.. For more information on the season and Regulations check out FWC website
The silver King
The Silver King is another great fish for Tampa Bay. While most of our Tarpon fishing is from May to July we do have fish that Rome Tampa Bay year round. The migration fish the run the beaches run from May to the end of June. These fish are easy to find as they are aggressively rolling up and down the beaches. The bay fish tend to be at there best around the July to October time frame. These fish can be in excess of 200 lbs and the Little Manatee and Hillsborough rivers will hold the baby Tarpon in the 10 to 30 lbs range. Both are a blast and will give you the adrenaline rush that fisherman dream of. Its a true blessing to call Tampa Bay home my entire life and I enjoy having the opportunity to show people some of its best qualities. Tight lines!