Whether fishing the fertile flats with a top water plug for Trout, live bait fishing a giant school of in Tampa Bay, or sight fishing for Tarpon along the beaches of St. Petersburg, this area offers a great variety of fishing opportunities and locations. These inshore waters are home to many large, hard fighting game fish! You can try fishing for a West Coast “Grand Slam” of Snook, Trout, and Redfish in one day. And when conditions are right, you can even catch the ultimate “Super Grand Slam” by adding a Tarpon!
7 At St. Petersburg, “Sheepshead are still all over the place. All the canal docks, rock piles, bridges, and jetties are holding them. Fiddler crabs and shrimp fished with light tackle is the key for these fish,” reports Larry Mastry of Mastry’s Tackle (727-896-8889). The trout bite has picked up off Pinellas Point. Offshore, there’s a good hogfish bite north of the shipping channel in 50 feet of water, Mastry says.
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Remarks: red drum are an INSHORE species until they attain roughly 30 inches (4 years), then they migrate to join the NEARSHORE population; spawning occurs from August to November in NEARSHORE waters; sudden cold snaps may kill red drum in shallow, INSHORE waters; feeds on crustaceans, fish and mollusks; longevity to 20 years or more.
3: At John’s Pass, Spanish mackerel are still around the pass, but the bite is better a little further south. Pompano are still on the beaches. “This week some nice pompano were caught from the north jetty on Nekid Ball Jigz,” reports Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947). Snook fishing is still good around the docks inside John’s Pass on the outgoing tide. “The sheepshead bite is good and will only get better with the upcoming front,” reports Hubbard.
When you head out to the beach, bay, lagoon or jetty there are a few other items that you might want to consider taking along as well as your fishing gear, a well-stocked tackle box and a bucket. These include a hat, polarized sunglasses, a high SPF sunscreen, a folding chair and sufficient drinking water or electrolyte beverages to rehydrate yourself under a potentially blazing sun. There is, however, one additional thing that you should always bring along with you on your fishing adventure; and that is patience.
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Fished with Ken in November 2015 with a friend and had an awesome experience so I decided to take my teenage son fishing before school starts. We drove down from Charleston SC and we had another awesome experience. Ken worked very hard to make sure…More
Inshore Slams have been the norm over the last few weeks. An inshore slam is when you catch a snook, trout and redfish in the same day. Fishing the flats, docks and oyster beds in St Pete Beach my charters have been catching all tree species. Live and cut bait has been working, but we […]
Live bait hooks have a much shorter shank that is smooth and is designed to be pinned through the nose, under the collar, just beneath the dorsal or through the anal opening of a live baitfish. It provides the opportunity for the bait to swim freely in a natural manner that will eventually provoke a strike from a hungry game fish.
Now these “Gulp! Alive!” shrimp come in a bunch of different colors, but the best two that we have found for consistent bites among most saltwater fish are the white shrimp and the “New Penny” color (below)
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Anglers either use an uptide rod between 9 and 10 feet in length to cast from the boat or a shorter downtide rod between 6 and 8 feet. Lines are usually between 18 pounds and 50 pounds breaking strain dependent on the species of fish being targeted. Reels are usually multipliers, although fixed spool reels are being used more and more. Baits are similar to those used for beach and rock fishing except they are often larger since larger fish are targeted. The species will include all the beach species, but now also include big conger eels and small sharks like tope and smoothhound.
The Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo Tournament has come! Tarpon are the star of the show. Redfish are all over the flats and mangrove shorelines. Spanish Mackerel and Mangrove Snapper invade the bay and Trout are feeding on the grass flats.
It’s January and, just like every January for the past 28 years, Old Salt is putting on the Johnny Kellar Inshore Fishing Tournament. We started this tournament due to the very special relationship several Old Salt leaders had with the young Johnny Kellar. Johnny was afflicted with Hemophilia, loved fishing and was in need of an assist. He found one with Old Salt. Read more on the beginnings of the tournament and our special relationship with a fine young man.
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St.Pete Beach fishing trips have been catch lots of Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Trout, and Redfish fishing both the grass flats of Ft. Desoto, and just off the beach in front of the the Don Cesar hotel. Fall fishing is heating up and the St. Pete area is great because it the opening between the Gulf of mexico and Tampa Bay, and all the fish moving through the area pass by the area making for great angling opportunities.
We have expectations of only catching a few fish. They where exceeded ten fold. We started small with shephead to make sure we got some fish. Then we stepped it up from species to species and did amazing on all. Steve is a great guy…More
Its A New Year Fishing In Tampa Bay! – Several cold fronts have swept through the Tampa Bay area over the past few weeks causing the water temperatures to drop. Bait is still in the Bay, but the fish will only bite it in the areas where the water temperature is a bit warmer, such a more…
I’ve found the Paddle Tail to be an essential staple in my tackle box, especially for moving water/current in daytime conditions. I also find it effective when jigging or dead sticking on the bottom. I’ve tried DOA, Slayer, and Matrix Shad brands, and prefer Matrix for the action even if they may not be the most durable (they’re also pretty affordable, you can order them in bulk from their website for something like 30 cents a bait).
At Sebastian Inlet, the sand fleas (mole crabs) are on the beach and they’re catching pompano and whiting on the fleas and clams. Black drum and sheepshead are also being caught in the inlet on fleas and clams. There’s still some mullet around and they’re still catching some big snook. Redfish have been mediocre, but there’s a good trout bite inside in the river. The bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and jack crevalle bite is still really good. “The flounder are starting to run and we have a tourney going on to the end of January. It’s a $20 entry fee, with a 100 percent payout for 1st 2nd and 3rd place heaviest weight,” reports Whitey’s Bait & Tackle (321-724-1440).
My fishing grounds are from the beautiful waters of Tarpon Springs, then progressing south to Clearwater Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg and the entire south shore of Tampa Bay and everything in between.
For a natural chum job, scrape the pilings to crush and release barnacles or mussels. The scent stimulates sheepshead, drum, redfish and pompano—all likely recipients of cut shrimp dropped into the scent zone on 1⁄4-ounce jigheads. (Light hooks and splitshots also work, but jigheads effect a more streamlined presentation that drops quicker in current without spooking fish.)
Summer is winding down, Hurricane Hermine just came through and we are ready for cooler weather and some good Fall fishing. This summer started with some of the best snook fishing I’ve had in years. Fishing the flats, passes and beaches produced big numbers of fish and big fish as well. Our best snook fishing […]
Get your dose of Redfish when the fishing is still hot! The Snook bite is consistent on the outgoing tide with 20 to 24 inch class. Sheepshead and Mangrove Snapper are around the bridges and on the rock pile.