Tampa Fishing Charters Report:

Fishing has definitely heated up during our Tampa Fishing Charters. Bait has moved in on most of the local flats with the water temperature being in the 70’s.  Cold fronts are starting to lighten up, which brings down the nasty winds we have had.  This coming week, will bring lighter winds and better fishing.

Snook fishing has been really good on the middle to end of the incoming tide. Fished with my good friends Brad and Dan this week from Colorado and caught lots of snook hanging around the mangroves.  Larger snook have been eating well on the higher tides, but there are loads of snook to be had in the 20-27″ range.

There have also been quite a few redfish on the flats of tampa bay. Expect to see schools of fish between 10 to 50 fish in a school and expect to see them milling around the larger schools of mullet. Present them with a live greenback and hold on. If greenback are not readily available, you can always use cut mullet, frozen sardines, or ladyfish.

With bait showing up on the flat, so have the trout. Bigger trout can be caught around those mullet schools as well. Also fish the deeper edges of the grass flats in around 4-5 feet of water.  The bigger trout of course are our breeders, so we try not to keep, but there are plenty of 15-19″ trout available.

My friends Brad and Dan mentioned above also went offshore this week and caught a bunch of mackerel and kingfish. Mackerel have invaded the bay, but the cold fronts keep pushing them around. Diving birds in the middle of the bay are always a good sign for the macks.

To book your Tampa Bay fishing charters, call or text me at 813-494-2048 or email me at jay@StealthFishingCharters.com

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