Archive for August, 2010

Redfish and Trout Action Continues to stay hot!

The Tampa Bay redfish and trout bite continue to keep anglers happy and rods bent. The redfish bite continues to be hot and will continue through the end of the year. The Tampa Bay redfish continue to school up preparing to spawn and are willing to eat most baits. Take a look at one of my latest Tampa fishing charters. Follow the link to my You Tube video. 

The Tampa Bay trout bite has been good all year and will continue to get better as waters cool. We have been fishing Tampa Bay’s deeper grass flats to escape the warmer waters and have had some great days. The Tampa Bay trout have been eating scaled sardine (aka. green backs) on a #1 Daiichi circle hook, 18” Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon leader and a popping cork. Fishing Tampa Bay for trout can be loads of fun for the whole family. The action is steady and they also offer excellent table fair. They are one of my favorite fish to fry. The picture is of the Garcia family with a 24” trout caught while fishing with Tampa Bay fishing guide Capt. Will Shook. To book a Tampa Bay fishing charter call Tampa fishing guide Capt. Will Shook 813-732-5971 or email


Tampa Bay Redfish Action

The Tampa Bay charter fishing for redfish starts to heat up. Redfish start to spawn in August and continue through November. Redfish will school up and feed heavily to prepare to spawn. Tampa Bay fishing offers a variety of redfish schools and they are eating. We are fishing these schools of redfish in water no deeper than 4 feet making it easy to sight fish them. Schools of redfish range from 10 fish to a couple hundred fish. Seeing the lager schools is an awesome sight. Watching a couple hundred redfish that range 8-15lbs in 3 feet of water is something everyone should experience. I have had some great Tampa Bay charters my last few trips with multiple redfish landed. Some of the schools have been holding some oversize fish. Here is a picture of a client on a Tampa fishing charter with an oversize redfish that measured 35” and weighed over 14lbs. The redfish size limit for Tampa Bay and all of Florida, is 18”-27”. Redfish have no closed season and have a bag limit of 1 redfish per angler. The offer excellent table fair with blackened being my favorite. To book a Tampa Bay fishing charter  call Tampa Bay fishing guide Will Shook 813-732-5971 or email


Tampa Bay’s Saltwater Angler August Fishing Report

Tampa Bay’s heat and afternoon rain showers can make August a very challenging month. Just take what Mother Nature gives you and roll with it. The same pattern holds true from last month. Get out early and fish Tampa Bay’s shallow waters for snook, redfish, and trout. When temperatures rise, move deeper and target the mackerel, snapper and shark. Fishing Tampa Bay, offers a wide variety of species.Tampa Bay Fishing Guide


                This is an often overlooked species which I have targeted more this year than ever before. They offer good drag pull and are just flat out fun to catch. Sharks follow the food source. Find areas in Tampa Bay that are holding mackerel and other pelagic species and the sharks are not far behind. As far as rigs go, I like to use a Penn Sargus 8000 with a 40lb class rod. An 80lb Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon leader with a 6/0 Daiichi circle hook will do the trick. Spanish mackerel is my bait of choice. They are extremely bloody and oily. You will run into reef sharks, black tips, nurse, and hammerheads to name a few.


                The Spanish mackerel fishing in Tampa Bay bite has been off the hook all summer and will continue to go strong in August.  Long shank hooks with 40lb Trilene fluorocarbon leader will make the perfect rig. Use a chum block and live chum baits and you are sure to attract some mackerel action. Any of our ship channels, markers and artificial reefs will attract mackerel. Mackerel not only keep rods bent, they also are delicious to eat. If you haven’t tried them blackened, you don’t know what you are missing.


                We haven’t seen the big push of mangrove snapper in the Tampa Bay region yet but are hopeful the full moon in July will bring these fish in. Most all the ledges, rock piles, and ship channel ledges will have snapper on it. The key to success is to use as light a tackle as possible. 20lb fluorocarbon and a 1-1/0 Daiichi circle hook will do it. Small white bait will be the best bait. Use live bait to chum the snapper up and drift and live bait back into the chum line and fish on. Also look for these fish to show up inshore around docks and flats with a good bait presence and tidal flow.


                We should start to see the redfish school up the Tampa Bay region. Look on the flats out front of Simmons Park and the flats south of Cockroach Bay. Get out early and approach these schools quietly and keep your distance. Live white bait (greenbacks), cut threadfin, or cut pinfish will be hard for a redfish to turn down. As the sun gets higher and the water temperatures rise, look to fish the mangrove trees. The redfish use the trees shade to stay cool. The mangroves around Simmons, Little Cockroach, Cockroach Bay, and Joe Island will hold fish.

  Best of the Rest

                The trout have been plentiful and willing to keep rods bent. Fish any of our regions deeper grass flats in the 5-6’ range and you are sure to catch plenty of fish. Scaled sardines work the best, but don’t forget about artificial. A Berkley Gulp! is hard to beat. There are still plenty of post spawn tarpon hanging around. The bite at the end of July was insane. Look for the fish to move up our region from the Skyway all the way up to downtown. Most live bait will work but a D.O.A Baitbuster trolling series is a great artificial to fool a Tampa Bay Tarpon.

Captain Will Shook is a full-time charter captain and grew up fishing Tampa Bay. To book a charter call 813-732-5971