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

The new year starts off with some cooler weather and great fishing!

Tampa Bay fishing

Well 2020 ended and man I’m glad to get afresh start with anew year. 2020 had surprises like no one could imagine and it has been a challenge to be a full-time fishing guide in Tampa Bay. But I am hopeful for a better 2021 and things will soon get better. Fishing wise 2020 was a good one and it ended on a good note with plenty for Snook, Reds and Trout mixed with a bunch of other species mixed in. Here is a look at what to expect for January of 2021

As water cools fish will eventually make their way up the rivers and creeks. Snook fishing looks to be very productive going into one of the colder months of the year. As long as the white bait stays in the bay the Snook fishing will continue to be productive. Look to fish creeks and residential canals as these areas that provide warmer water and we all know Snook like warmer water this time of year. Free lined bait is a great option; 30lb Fluorocarbon leader matched with Daiichi 1/0 circle hook will ensure for a safe release. Remember Snook are catch and release.

Bait will move around the deepest areas of the bay and eventually make its way to the mouth by the Skyway. Catching bait is a chore and can provide more challenges as it shifts to the markers. Having a good sonar is a plus so you can see it on the bottom. Bait tends to gather on the bottom as water is warmer. I also like to use side sonar or as Lowrance calls it Structure Scan. This actually shoots a signal to either side of the boat so you can see if the bait is actually inside the towers. Lowrance HDS makes great detail sonar that makes the job a little easier. Bring some chum to bring the bait to the surface and the heaviest 12 foot net you can find and you will be ready to catch bait.

If going through all that effort is not your thing, shrimp is another option that can be very productive during the winter months. You will catch a variety of species on shrimp and you don’t have to worry about throwing the net. Redfish love shrimp and makes for a slow presentation which is needed on the colder days.  Soaking a select sized shrimp on the bottom will be a very productive way to catch a ton of Reds this time of year.

Trout fishing has to be a top producer as well. Trout from all sizes flood the flats and seem to LOVE artificial bait. You will have a ball catching numbers and size. Zman paddlerz and minnoz soft [plastics are some of the top producers. Remember that Trout are very slimy for a reason because the slime coat protects them. It’s always a good idea to have a De hooker handy on the boat to release fish safely and to keep the kill rate down so we have fish for years to come. Tight lines!