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 fishing report

Tampa fishing report

Fall is showing up and this means we are about to experience some of the best fishing Tampa Bay has to offer. Snook make their transition to the flats and backcountry. Redfish are still hanging around in decent schools on the flats, and every day we see cooler weather and the Trout fishing just gets better. It’s truly an amazing time to get out on the bay and do some fishing.

What’s fishing is hot in Tampa Bay

Whitebait  also known as (Greenbacks)is the key to catching big numbers on Snook this time of year as they make that Transition to the flats. As water cools, bait will start to thin out in the shallow flats and move out to deeper water. You will find plenty of bait around the markers and towers inside the bay. The 12 foot  Blackpearl cast net should be the perfect match to get bait in the deeper water. As water cools start targeting the rivers, the South Shore has 4 major rivers that feed into the bay. This makes for some awesome Snook fishing all the way through the river.

Redfish continue to be productive

Redfish should stay hot, until we get a harsh cold front. I start to look in the deeper creeks and residential docks as fish will shift to these areas.  Using artificial bait is a good option so this will allow you to cover a lot of area. You can’t go wrong with a Root beer Zman minnowz bait matched with a ¼ ounce jig head. Live shrimp is also an excellent option. You will also have plenty of success using Greenbacks and a Cajun Thunder Back Bay float. Fishing around the Oyster bars on the rising and falling tides is a great method that will produce lots of fish.

Tout fishing in Tampa starting to produce

Trout fishing will continue to get better as water temperatures cool. You have to target Trout in the deeper grass flats and potholes that line the flats. You will find plenty of fish in the 4 to 6 foot depth outside the sand bars all the down the South Shore. Look for the thick grass areas and you will find the thicker trout. If you like throwing artificial baits for trout you can’t go wrong. The Mirrolure baits. These are absolutely some of the best Trout baits around.  As water gets colder, shift over and use artificial shrimp. This offers a slower approach when fish don’t want to chase fast moving baits. Greenbacks are also a great option as well. When fishing the deeper flats try to chum the bigger fish to the surface. Watching a Gator Trout pop a Greenback on the surface is an amazing sight. Remember water temperature is the key. This will dictate where you fish and what you fish with. Know what your temperature in your area is and it will be the difference in just going fishing versus going catching.

Give us a call for your next fishing charter!

Where offer a full service fleet of charter boats ranging from 1 to 6 people with full time licensed guides. If you would like to get out on the water for a great day of fishing, give us a call. 813-727-9890 or www.steadyactionfishingcharters.com  Tightlines!

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!