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.
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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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..Catching Tampa Bay Redfish
Catching Tampa Bay Redfish. We get people from all over the United States that come here to target Redfish. Reds are one of my favorite fish to target as I have grown up chasing these spotted tailed favorites. We have a bunch of great inshore fishing in Tampa Bay but I would say that Reds would have to be one of my customers favorites to target on a Tampa fishing charter. Here are a few tips on catching Tampa Bay Redfish in the area.
You need the right gear for Redfish in Tampa Bay
The first would be to have the right gear.. Redfish are typically caught in the shallow water here and can be very spooky when the water is clear. That’s why I typically use a fluorocarbon leader around 30lbs and a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook. Reds tend to shy away from heavier leaders and hooks that may be too big.
My tackle of choice would have to be a 3000 Tsunami Evict matched with a Tsunami 7’6 carbon 2 rod to haul in the big bruisers. This will have enough backbone to land a fish caught by the mangroves but will make the long cast when chasing the school.
Areas to target Redfish
Second would have to be the area to target. Redfish are a roaming fish, so they tend to move around a bunch and can be a bit hard to gather a pattern on. Once you understand where to fish go you will become more efficient at catching Redfish in Tampa Bay. Good areas to target are open flats, mangroves, Oyster bars, and spoil islands. All hold fish but knowing when to look at a certain area will help increase your catch on your next Tampa fishing charter.
Right tools to catch Redfish in Tampa
Third would be to have the right gear on your boat to insure you don’t spook the Redfish In Tampa Bay. A trolling motor is a very important tool when trying to catch Reds while flats fishing in Tampa Bay. The outboard might sound quiet outside the boat but under the water they make a ton of noise. When targeting Reds noise will be your enemy. A set of Power Pole Shallow water anchors is also essential when targeting Redfish. When fishing a school of fish banging the anchor will ruin a great day of fishing.
Another great and simple tool you will need to bring would be a good pair of sunglasses. This is commonly overlooked and probably one of the most important parts to targeting any inshore fish. This is especially important with Reds in Tampa Bay. We typically get big schools of fish in the summer months and these schools are a blast to catch, but they are on the move a lot and knowing where to find the school can be a real chore if you can’t see them.
These are just a few tips to help you catch Redfish on your next inshore fishing excursion. The best way to catch plenty of Redfish and learn a lot in one day would be to book a fishing charter on Tampa Bay. It’s easy and we also offer online bookings that are safe and secure. Check out some more great articles . Tightlines!!!