Archive for April, 2013

Tarpon Time!

May is here and it is Tampa Bay tarpon fishing time! Season runs May through July. We should start seeing the big push of fish into our area soon. Our Tampa Bay tarpon normally range in size from 60lbs to 150lbs, with some fish weighing well over 150lbs. We will be fishing our area beaches, passes, and bridges using medium spinning gear and tackle. Live and cut bait will be the bait of choice. Anchoring with live or cut bait, sighting fishing with live bait, and drifting with live bait will be our tactics.

Tarpon Time

The challenge of landing a 100 plus pound fish, jumping 6 feet in the air, fighting for his life, is something everyone should experience. So if you are looking to catch the fish of a lifetime and memories of a lifetime, give me a call.

To book a Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing charter with full-time fishing guide Capt. Will Shook, call 813.732.5971


April 1 Fishing Report

The Tampa Bay fishing charters redfish bite has been hot regardless of our colder than normal temperatures. We have been around 15 degrees below normal, but it hasn’t bothered the redfish. They have been hitting a variety of baits. Live scaled sardines and cut bait have been our baits of choice. We have been fishing a 25lb Berkley Pro Spec fluorocarbon leader and 1/0 Daiichi circle hook with great success. An 8’, 8-17lb class Penn Legion rod has been a must to make the long cast. Look for the redfish bite to continue all of April.

Tampa Bay Monster Redfish

38" Tampa Bay Redfish

Snook fishing has slowed down a bit due to the colder temperatures. As the weather continues to get back to normal, the snook fishing should follow.

The trout fishing has been consistent and should continue throughout April. St. Pete fishing charters has produced some nice trout caught on both low and high tides. Fishing live scaled sardines has worked well. Finding the schools of mullet and working the school has been the best way to find quality fish.

To book a fishing charter with Captain Will Shook, call 813.732.5971