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Snook and Redfish Bite is on!

The Tampa Bay redfish and snook bite has been on fire. Look for the bite to stay consistent as long as the weather doesn’t take a turn for the worse.

Tampa Bay Redfish

Tampa Bay Redfish

It is that time of year for the Tampa Bay redfish to school up on our local flats as they prepare to spawn. When you get lucky enough to find these schooling reds, get ready because it is “game on”. Live scaled sardines (aka white bait) are the bait of choice on our Tampa Bay flats. Light tackle spinning gear with 25lb fluorocarbon leader and a 2/0 Daiichi circle hook is our tackle of choice. Tampa Bay redfish are ranging from eight pounds up to 15 pounds.

Tampa Bay snook are on the move and eating as much as they can to prepare for the winter. Finding the snook is the biggest challenge this time of year. Most snook are on the move, staging and preparing for the first cold fronts to push through. If you can find these fish, most are willing to eat, as they need to pack on the pounds to make it through the winter. With season set to close December 1st, now is the time to get that keeper

To book your Tampa Bay fishing charter, call 813.732.5971 or visit TampaFLFishingCharters.com

Tampa Bay snook

Tampa Bay snook

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Spring is in the air

Tampa Bay Spring fishing is HOT! And it’s only going to get better. Redfish, snook and trout. You name it, and it is willing to eat. Look for things to heat up as our water temperatures increase.

Snook season has started off with a bang. Although most of our snook fishing is catch and release, we are catching some nice keeper size and a few oversize fish. Live whitebait is the key, to having a great Tampa Bay snook day.

Tampa Bay Redfish

Tampa Bay Redfish

School is in session. Tampa Bay redfish schools have started to show up and eating everything in their path. Fish are ranging from 4lbs up to 15lbs. Catch a couple of these bruisers on light tackle and they will be sure to wear you out.

The big “gator” trout have invaded the Tampa Bay flats. Working potholes has been the most productive technique. Work as many potholes as possible to increase your odds of hooking a trophy size “Gator” trout. Live or cut bait has been productive.

To book your spring time Tampa Bay fishing charter with Tampa Bay fishing guide, Captain Will Shook, call 813.732.5971 or visit www.TampaFlFishingCharter.com

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Tampa Bay Redfish

Temperatures have been hot but so has the fishing charters in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay redfish bite has been on fire. We are wrapping up our summer time fishing and getting ready to transition into our fall redfish run.

The redfish spawn starts in September and lasts through November. Redfish school up on our area grass flats to feed and prepare to spawn. We will see fish ranging from 4lbs up to 20lbs. We will be fishing light tackle gear. Penn Conflict spinning reels and Penn Legion rods. 1/0 Daiichi circle hooks with 18”-24” 25lb Berkley Pro Spec fluorocarbon leader. Bait of choice will be cut pinfish or live sardines.

Tampa Bay Redfish

The Tampa Bay snook bite should start to heat up as temperatures cool down a little. Most fish are starting to move from the beaches and staging in there fall areas. Snook will be eating heavily to prepare for the cooler months ahead. Fish will range from 3lbs up to 12lbs with some bigger females over 15lbs. We will be fishing with the same gear as the redfish.

Trout fishing charters has been steady all summer in Tampa Bay. As temperatures fall, look for schools of fish to move onto our grass flats along with the big “Gator” trout. Trout are great species to learn how to fish artificial lures. They are easily fooled and will usually eat throughout the day. I usually start with topwater plugs in the morning, then move to soft plastic jerk baits, as the sun gets high in the sky. They will also eat live or cut bait.

To book a Tampa Bay fishing charter with fishing guide Captain Will Shook, call 813.732.5971 or email CaptainWillShook@gmail.com

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Fishing Has Been Hot!

The bite has been hot coming out of spring. Look for things to stay hot all summer.

The redfish bite has been strong all spring. We will continue fishing redfish most of the summer. We are fishing light tackle spinning gear with live and cut bait, with great success.  We mainly have been getting overslot fish, ranging 10lbs up to 15lbs with a few keepers mixed in. Fishing the grass flats, ranging in depths of 2′-3′, have been productive. A grass flat with good tidal flow and what we like to call a “alive”, are good characteristics for holding redfish.

Tampa Bay Redfish

The snook bite has slowed down a little for me but should start to pick up. Snook spawn season starts this month and fish will schooled up eating heavily to prepare for spawn. We will be fishing around our area beaches, passes and bridges for snook. Good tidal flow is a most for catching good snook. Live bait has been the key to getting snook to eat. Light tackle spinning gear is the setup. Fish range from 25″ up to 35″ with some bigger 40″ available. It is catch and release only and we are sure to handle each fish with extreme care. Take a quick picture and release unharmed.

The trout fishing has been consistent. Fishing the grass flats has produced some nice fish. As temperatures on the flats get to hot, look for the bigger fish to move deep. Trout are ranging 17″-20″ with some bigger one mixed in. We can stay on a consistent bite all summer.

May starts tarpon season. Will started out the season with a couple tarpon ranging in the 80lb class range. We lost a dozen fish well over the 125lbs class. Look for things to heat up and continue through June. We have started to fish the beaches and passes. Live threadfins, live crabs and cut bait, are baits of choice. Most fish are caught on spinning gear. A fight ranging between 15-35 minutes is not uncommon. Our fish range from 60lbs up to 200lbs. I still have some availability in May and June. Call me know. 813.732.5971

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Fall Fishing 2013

Tampa Bay fishing charters has produced some nice catches. With the warmer than normal weather, the redfish, snook and trout bite continues to stay hot. If the warm weather continues, look for us to continue to fish our fall patterns with great success.

The redfish bite continues to keep rods bent. We have been fishing the shallow water grass flats of Tampa Bay and catching some nice reds. Fishing live or cut bait has produced some nice Tampa Bay redfish. Redfish are not sensitive to the cooler water temperatures so we will continue to fish for redfish through the end of the year. Fish have been ranging in size from 5lb up to 15lbs.

Tampa Bay Redfish

Snook have been on the move preparing for the winter. Most fish will move to our Tampa Bay area rivers searching for warmer waters. Snook are sub-tropical fish and can’t survive in waters below 47 degrees. If you want to catch winter time snook, fishing the rivers is where it’s at. Fishing the mangrove trees and oyster bars will produce nice winter time snook.

Trout are our go to fish during the winter. The bigger “Gator” trout invade our shallows during the cooler months. Fishing live or artificial baits produce well. Look for trout to get more active the cooler the water temperatures get. Fishing trout on light tackle spinning gear can be very fun and sporty. If you are looking to take some fish home, trout offer great table fair and with a bag limit of four per angler, you can get plenty for a meal.

Captain Will Shook owns and operates Tampa FL Fishing Chartres and specializes in flats and backcountry fishing for Redfish, Snook and Tarpon in Tampa Bay. To book a charter, call 813.732.5971 or visit: www.TampaFLFishingCharters.com

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