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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

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Tampa Bay snook

Tampa Bay snook

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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 www.TampaFlFishingCharter.com

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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 CaptainWillShook@gmail.com

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