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Fall Fishing


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Tampa Bay has plenty to offer in the fall season. Our usual, snook, redfish and trout will be hot until we start to see a major cold front push through. A special fall treat for us in Tampa Bay, kingfish start to show up. They follow the schools of bait fish and the dropping water temperatures and get close enough to our coast to catch.

Snook season is set to close at the end of November. Although we practice catch and release, now is the time to get that last minute keeper. Large “white bait” free lined is your best option to land that trophy.


Tampa Bay Redfish

Redfish in our area have been a little inconsistent but we have managed a few nice days with some keepers and a few “over slot” size. Look for schools of reds to show up around the “New” and “Full’ moons.

Trout have always been our “go to” when the other species don’t want to cooperate. Trout are a good species to practice your artificial skills. Soft plastics with a 1/8 jig head is my bait of choice. I prefer a white or pink color. Now is a great time to find out what works best for you.

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Spring Fishing is on Fire

You name it and it has been biting on Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay fishing charters for snook, redfish and trout bite has been hot. Some tarpon are starting to move around and stage up. April is my favorite month to fish. Come fishing with me and you will know why.

The Tampa Bay snook fish has been solid. We are catching a bunch of the smaller ones with a few of the bigger females mixed in. If you get a chance to hook and fight a big female, you will understand why snook are so highly sought after.IMG_0723

Tampa Bay redfish has been great. Some days are better than others but the bite has been consistent. We have had some great days with fish weighing over 15lbs. fullsizeoutput_92c

The Tampa Bay trout fishing has been better than I have ever seen it. We are catching our limit, some days in the first hour. The last week in March around the New Moon, we were averaging fish in the 22″ range. Look for things to stay hot around the moons.IMG_0699

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Spring Fishing Report

Spring is here and the Tampa Bay fishing has been outstanding. The redfish, snook and trout bite will be going off now through summer. Call 813.732.5971 to book your Tampa Bay fishing charter.

Snook: Tampa Bay snook will be transitioning from winter patterns to spring patterns and they will be hungry. Most fish caught will be 3lb-8lb class with some monsters 15lb + ready and willing.


Tampa Bay Redfish

Redfish: We will see a big push of schooling redfish in Tampa Bay. If you can find a school and hit them just right, you can catch as many as you want.

Sea trout: Trout should start moving around a lot when the bait shows up on our flats. Fun to catch and great table fair.

Tarpon: We have had a warm winter so look for tarpon to start moving around. Stay tuned…

We are booking up fast for Spring. Call, text or email me for rates and information.

To book your Tampa Bay fishing charter, call or text Capt Will Shook 813.732.5971


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

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Tampa Bay snook

Tampa Bay snook


October is here and our Tampa Bay fishing options are endless. Water temperatures started to fall last month and will continue drop. October is one of my favorite months to fish. The weather starts to cool, the redfish bite is going off, snook are on the move, trout continue to keep rods bent. Why wouldn’t October be everyone’s favorite?
The Tampa Bay redfish bite was good last month and should continue to get better this month. The redfish have been taking live white bait (scaled sardines). The key is to have plenty of bait to keep the redfish chummed up and interested. If artificial is your thing, top water plugs with a mullet pattern would be my choice.img_0018
The snook fishing around Tampa Bay continues to be steady. Most fish are on the move but will be settling in as we start to see some cold fronts push south. Live bait is the most productive way to catch snook but not the only way. I like to throw MirrOlure Top Dog (red head/white body) surface bait. Watching a snook of any size crush a top water lure is exciting.img_2724
Fishing trout in Tampa Bay has been great and will continue as temperatures drop. Look for any grass flat with good tidal flow and a good source of bait, and you are sure to run into some trout. I prefer a live shrimp under a cork. Most soft plastics with a 1/8 ounce jig head, is hard for a trout to turn down.
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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


Tampa Bay Winter Fishing Tactics

Fishing Tampa Bay during the winter, offers some productive fishing, if you use proper techniques and are willing to change with the cooler temperatures.

When water temperatures cool down, the bite can get challenging if proper techniques are not used and you don’t focus on the proper species.  The snook and redfish bite tends to slow down with the cooler temperatures. So that’s when I focus on the species that can tolerate the cooler water.

Tampa Bay Trout

Tampa Bay Trout

Trout are my “go-to” species for the winter months. They can tolerate the cooler temperatures and are willing to feed most days. I like to use soft plastics when targeting trout. D.O.A makes a wide variety of soft plastics. I prefer their C.A.L 3” Shad, in colors, Pearl or Electric Chicken, on a 1/8 ounce, white or chartreuse jig head.

The key to fishing Tampa Bay during the winter months is to slow down your presentation. When water temperatures cool down, fish metabolism slows down. They don’t burn a lot of calories so they don’t have to eat as much. They also try to preserve energy, so they won’t chase bait. That’s why it is important to slow down presentation.

Tampa Bay fishing offers a good variety of fishing during the winter months. Trout are a Tampa Bay favorite but not the only species. We have a great sheepshead and flounder fishery as well.

To book your Tampa Bay fishing charter with Tampa Bay fishing guide, Capt Will Shook, call 813.732.5971 or email


Tampa Bay Fishing Spring Report

Spring is here and the bite has really started to heat up. With temperatures a little above normal in Tampa Bay, things have started to happen fast. All kinds of bait have showed up in Tampa Bay and following it are all the pelagic species. Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, blue fish and bonita shouldn’t be far behind. As far as inshore species, snook continue to show up in good numbers after the freeze of 2010. The redfish fishery continues to be healthy, and trout are keeping rods bent.

As temperatures stay warm, the small bait will continue to make its way into Tampa Bay and the pelagic fish will follow. Spanish mackerel and king mackerel have starting making their way into Tampa Bay. Fishing these guys on light tackle, make for a fun and action packed day. Bonita and Jack Crevalle will also follow the bait into Tampa Bay. Make sure your gear is in good working condition. These guys will sure put it to the test.

Tampa Bay Snook with Capt Will Shook

Snook have continued to make a nice come back from the “Freeze of 2010”. We are not seeing the numbers we have “pre-freeze”, but are seeing good numbers and I believe they are making a nice comeback. Although snook season is open, and will stay open until May 1, I have elected to catch and release them only. We are still having a great time catching and releasing this beautiful species. Look for the bite to be consistent all spring.

Redfish bite has been hot from the start of spring and should continue to stay hot. Fishing the flats of Tampa Bay with live and cut bait has produced some nice redfish. Fish are ranging from 4lbs up to 15lbs, catching these big guys in a couple feet of water, is an experience everyone should enjoy.

Spring is a great time to fish with an array of species to catch. If you want to book a Tampa Bay fishing charter with Tampa Bay fishing guide, Captain Will Shook, call now! 813.732.5971 or visit my site.

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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


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