Archive for March, 2010

Tampa Bay Report 3/28/10

Tampa Bay Redfish action

Redfish action in Tampa Bay

Let me introduce you all to our future fishing professional. I had my regular client Matt on the water the other day to fish Tampa Bay. He brought along his two young sons 8 year old Mason and 5 ½ Cayden. Cayden made sure that I get his age correct. Not 5, 5 ½. Both were great to fish with. We started our day off with some trout fishing. We were fishing live shrimp on an 18” 25lb Berkley Fluorocarbon leader under a Cajun Thunder popping cork with a #1 Daiichi circle hook. The popping cork does a couple of things. First, it keeps the bait out of the grass and in the middle of the water column and second, when you pop the cork, it makes a sound that attracts trout. It is my go to rig when fishing Tampa Bay trout. The trout bite has really turned on in Tampa Bay; we fished and caught trout until we ran out of bait. As the tide rolled in, we moved on to some redfish. The conditions weren’t ideal in Tampa Bay for looking for schools so we fished a few mangroves that hold fish. Our fist stop produced a nice catch. Manson did an awesome job fighting the fish away from the mangroves and landing a beautiful over slot 30” redfish. Tampa Bay produces some good redfish action and it’s not uncommon to catch an over slot fish. The weather rolled in and the bite slowed down so we called it a day. Thanks to Matt and look forward to fishing with the young guys next year.


Tampa Bay Fishing Report 3/18-20


Tampa Bay Redfish action

Double hookup on nice Redfish

Wow! What a week in Tampa. The water temp is climbing every day, bait is starting to show up around Tampa Bay and the fishing is turning on. The Redfish continue to be very selective but with a little effort, we are getting a few to eat. We are using a 25lb 18″ Berkley Fluorocarbon leader with a #1 Daiichi circle hook. Cut bait is the bait of choice. The Trout bite continues to be unpredictable. Some days are good and some days are off. We haven’t tried any Snook fishing yet. Do to the cold snap in January, they have taken a beating and now it’s is time to give them a break. We should start to see them in the staging areas as the make there transition to the flats in search for food. They will be preparing to spawn in May. Season will be closed until September so handle them with care to ensure an easy release. To book a Tampa Fishing Charter with fishing guide Capt. Will Shook call 813-732-5971


Tampa Bay Fishing Report 3/16-17

Fishing Tampa Bay for schooling Black Drum

John with his first 30lb Black Drum

The fishing in Tampa Bay has started to pick up. The Redfish are eating, pinfish and other bait are invading the flats and temperatures are climbing. Fishing this week has been a little challenging do to the wind but we did manage some good days. The Black Drum have started to school up in Tampa Bay and are feeding preparing to spawn. These fish are in the 30lb to 50lb class. We are using light tackle spinning rods and reels, 15lb Fins Braided line and 25lb Berkley Fluorocarbon leader making it very challenging to land these fish. The guys I had on the boat were amazed by the size of the Black Drum we were catching. They were really put to the test but managed to make it. They were great and I want to thank them. To book a Tampa fishing charter with fishing guide Capt. Will Shook, call 813-732-5971


Tampa Bay Fishing Report 3/15

Trout fishing in Tampa Bay was awesome

Cox family after a great day fishing

Tampa Bay fishing is starting to heat up. Literally and figuratively. The new time change will bring longer days and warmer temps. The water temperature in Tampa Bay got up to 65deg. today. The Trout bite was a little on the slow side but we did get a few keepers using a shrimp under a popping cork, with one measuring over 27”. A Trout that size while fishing Tampa Bay is a nice catch. We did release that fish to fight another day. We also managed to get a couple of Redfish to eat. The problem is not finding the Redfish, it’s getting them to eat. Had a nice family from Canada. Lots of thanks to them. To book a Tampa fishing charter with fishing guide Capt. Will Shook, call 813-732-5971


Tampa Bay Fishing Report 3/11/10

Another day fishing the beautiful Tampa Bay. Well maybe not. It was very windy today. The wind made it very challenging. The TrouTampa fishing guide Capt. Will Shook with Redfisht bite is continuing to be good. We had multiple Trout caught in Tampa Bay. The water temps continue to climb as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. We are seeing good schools of Redfish but having a hard time getting them to eat. The water is very clear making it difficult to approach these fish. They are also seeing alot of pressure so they are extremely spooky. These fish will come around and start to feed and when that happens,  Tampa Bay fishing will be on fire. To book a Tampa fishing charter with fishing guide Capt. Will Shook, call 813-732-5971


Tampa Bay Fishing Report 3/10/10

Fishing Tampa Bay has been a little slow do to the unTampa fishing guide for Redfishusal cold winter we have had. Got a chance to get out and do some fishing. The water temps are finally starting to climb. Temps inside Tampa Bay reached 62deg today. We did manage a couple keeper Redfish. One at 22″ and the other 19″. There are different ways to fish Tampa Bay for Redfish. One way is to fish around the mangroves. This was our fishing tactic today and it worked. Most fish were seen under our close to the mangroves. To book and Tampa Bay fishing charter with Capt. Will Shook, call 813-732-5971