Tampa Fishing Charters recent Report:
Here we are in the middle of the summer. The outside temperature is hot and it seems to rain almost every afternoon. If you can stand the heat, there is plenty of bait around most grass flats. Early morning top water plugs will produce nice trout around the outside edges of the bait pods. Rumor has it that some schools of redfish are finally starting to push into the bay. Live greenbacks, or cut pinfish, ladyfish, or mullet will produce. Follow the larger schools of mullet to find the redfish. And then there are the snook. This has hands down been one of the best snook summers I have seen while Fishing Tampa Bay. Find some moving water and start chumming with greenbacks and you should have fish blowing them up.
If you cannot stand the heat, get out and do some night fishing. Shrimp or greenbacks under lighted docks will produce lots of trout and snook. Or hit the bridges in the evening with threadfins or live ladyfish for some good tarpon action.
While Fishing Tampa Bay, I had the opportunity to recently fish the Fort Desoto area. Searched a few local redfish areas, but had no luck. However, we did find a bunch of snook hanging out on the edge of a big sand hole. It was one of those days when those fish just did not want to eat. We ended up catching 2 snook and one trout and had fun watching them swin back and forth past the boat. It was definitely frustrating, but at the same time nice to see that many snook. Ended up leaving there and going to a sunken boat that I know about in pretty shallow water. We caught mangrove snapper, gag grouper, and jacks until arms were tired. Kept a load of snappers up to 13″ and released about 20 grouper that were about 10-12″ with one being 21″. Ended up being a great day.
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