Latest Tampa Fishing Charter Report:
During my latest Tampa Fishing Charter, the snook fishing has stayed consistent. It has been a strange 2018 with many cold fronts coming late. Water temperatures are staying consistent around 78 degrees which has triggered our summer fishing. Live bait has been the key ingredient. With the lower tides in the morning, start fishing a little further away from the mangroves and as the tide fills slowly start moving in.
The snook have been averaging 20-27 inches; however, we have landed recently landed a few that would have made it home for dinner had the season been open. During my last Tampa Fishing Charter, we hooked into a nice snook that ran straight into the mangroves. Fortunately my client was able to get her out of the mangroves and land a beautiful 32″ snook. Fortunately for that fish, it was after the May 1st closed season.
During the early part of the afternoon as the tide starts rising, we have fishing deeper holes on the flat and catching good numbers of large trout. They have been averaging 18-22″ with one being 25.5″. Of course, you will catch other species in these deeper holes as well, but the trout bite has been pretty good.
Although we are not catching a lot of redfish, we are still able to bring a few fish home for dinner. During the past week, we have been fishing areas that are loaded with mullet. The redfish we have been catching are averaging 24″. There are reports of larger schools roaming the flats, but I have not had the opportunity to fish them. The word is that if you find the school of fish there will likely be another 10 boats fishing them.
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To book your Tampa fishing charter, call or text Capt Jay at 813-494-2048 or send me an email Jay@StealthFishingCharters.com. We look forward to fishing with you soon.