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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


June Fishing Report

Summer is in full effect and your fishing techniques should adapt. With warmer temperatures setting in, it’s time to fish early to avoid the heat and afternoon showers, and fish deeper waters for some relief. Tarpon will still be on the minds of most anglers this month. May showed to be a good month for Tarpon, but June should be better. The Trout bite continues to be outstanding and should continue. Spanish Mackerel will always be there for you to bend rods. Cobias have made a nice showing, so be on the lookout. If shark fishing is your thing, now is the time to do it.


The big bridge is holding some nice fish and will continue this month. Anchor up tide from the bridge and free line some baits back, and you are sure to hook a Silver King. Threadfins, Scaled Sardines, and Pinfish are baits of choice. Be sure to equip yourself with the correct tackle to fight the fish around the structure the bridge offers. I prefer a Penn Battle 7000 with 50lb Ohero braid, 80lb Ohero fluorocarbon leader and a 5/0 Daiichi circle hook. If you want to venture out of our region, the gulf beaches will be holding plenty of fish. The important thing here is to be courteous. If you are not familiar with fishing the beach, go and just watch to see how things are done. You can learn a lot from just watching.

Airborne Tarpon


The Snook spawn will be in full swing this month. There are some areas on the Southshore that will hold fish. This year’s spawn season is as important as any for the Southshore. We lost a lot of fish from the freeze of 2010 in the Southshore area so we are looking for a very successful spawn. If you plan to target these fish, remember they are under extreme stress spawning, so handle them with extreme care and release them quickly. Snook season is closed and will remain closed until September when the FWC will revisit the issue whether to reopen.


I sound like a broken record, but the Trout bite has been phenomenal all year and should continue. We are catching good numbers and some really nice size fish. Look for these fish to be in the shallows early in the morning then move out to the deeper grass flats as the water temperatures heat up. Our region has a lot of nice deep grass flats with good tidal flow. The trout will hold in these areas to stay cool. So find a good area and give it a try. Scaled Sardines are bait of choice. 25lb Ohero Fluorocarbon with a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook is a great setup.

Best of the Rest

If you want to bend rods and have a good time, Spanish Mackerel are the ticket. Great for kids and decent table fare. Most reefs, range markers, and ship channels will hold fish. 2X long shank hooks will help with the cut offs. I prefer a 40lb mono leader over steel. You will get more cut off, but the hook up ratio goes up. Cobia made a good showing last month and should hang around this month. Have a rod ready when you run to your next spot and check the markers as you pass. Pinfish are hard to beat. Shark fishing will be going strong. They migrate with all the pelagic species to our area and are willing to eat anything. I prefer a fresh Mackerel head under a balloon or cork. Be ready for some exciting action!


Tampa Bay Tarpon Still Available

You still have time to catch that trophy Tampa Tarpon you have been wanting.

Fishing Tampa Bay Florida

150 lb Tampa tarpon

Fishing Tampa Bay for tarpon has been on fire. Tampa Bay’s area bridges and beaches are holding fish. The bait of choice has been live crabs but live scaled sardines, threadfins or pinfish will do the trick. Look to get out on the beaches early before the boat traffic picks up. Around the new and full moon tides, fishing the afternoon tides has been very productive. We are also seeing a lot of fish around the Skyway bridges. Fishing the bridges structure can be very challenging. Heavy tackle is essential. You still have time to book your Tampa Bay tarpon fishing charter.


Tarpon Season is Here!

The Silver King (aka Tarpon) has arrived. The months of May and June bring the Tarpon migration to the Tampa Bay area. There are different ways to fish Tampa Bay for Tarpon. The areas bridges hold fish all season.

Tampa Tarpon Fishing

 Heavy tackle is a must to be successful in landing a Tarpon around the structure the bridges have to offer. It can be very challenging to land a fish but also very rewarding. Beach fishing is another way to catch a trophy size fish. We search the beach for schools of Tarpon and try to present bait ahead of the school and let the fish come to the bait. This technique requires an early start due to the boat traffic. Once the boat traffic gets heavy, the fish shut down. Another technique is to fish Tampa Bay’s area passes. Fish will gather in our passes and feed on the bait that is flushed out of the Bay. We drift the pass with live bait and wait for a taker. If you are looking to experience the thrill of a 150lb Tarpon jump 6’ in the air while hooked to your rod, book a Tampa fishing charter now!


May Tampa Fishing Report!




May Fishing Report!

Tarpon Fishing Tampa The Silver King has made its grand entrance. May is here and so are the Tarpon. These fish start to show in Tampa Bay around April and stay through July. We were fishing a Tampa area bridge when we hooked into an estimated 140lb beauty. The fight lasted about 45min. She gave us all we could handle. The Snook bite is also great in May. Had a client out on his first Snook trip and he landed a beautiful 33″ beauty. To book a Tampa St.Petersburg fishing charter with Captain Will Shook, call (813)732-5971