Redfish are an extremely popular target for West Coast Florida inshore fisherman. They are abundant, generally aggressive feeders and, once located, can be caught in significant numbers. Although lacking the speed and jumping ability of the snook, they are most appreciated for their powerful, fighting style. When fishing the flats with artificial baits such as plastic baits or spoons, a redfish provides a jarring strike. Using bait, the take is typically a light tap followed by a driving run. Larger schools of fish can also be located on shallow grass flats. Getting properly positioned in front of a large school of “reds” can quickly put a bend in every rod on the boat. Redfish provide good summer action, even during the hottest months. Although fishing is slower during the winter, groups of fish can be located in the warmer backwater locations. Once located, these schools can provide “rapid fire” action.
4 At Fort DeSoto Park, the sheepshead bite is still pretty good around the bridges and any area with structure. Lots of “rat” redfish are still being caught around the park. There are also a lot of small trout up to 14 inches being caught. “There’s a good amount of snook around, but the cold weather has made them lethargic. They’ve got lockjaw,” reports Capt. Claude Hinson, of the Bait Bucket (727-864-2108).
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He is a professional with a client first focus- guest after guest on these charters has considered Captain Jason Dozier a lifelong friend by the time they step off the boat. He spends his time not only making sure your drag is screaming, but also showing you the tips and tricks of the trade. He can dive deep into things like lure and bait choice for the given conditions, knot tying, rigging, or any topic you wish to learn more about while on the water.
Sheepshead, another winter bruiser, are best targeted January through March. They can be found underneath the bridges, docks or even on the nearshore reefs. Ranging anywhere from 1-5 pounds, what they lack in size they more than make up for in being positively delicious.
Captain Anthony was AMAZING! It was myself and my 2 girls (ages 14 and 9). The fish were coming in one after another. They kept the girls busy reeling the fish in and kept it fun! Thanks for the great… time…we will certainly see you again later this year for another memorable trip! Thank you so much! See More
Happy New Year everyone. Been a while since a wrote a fishing report so I am going look back the entire 2015. January and Febuary started off with excellent fishing offshore of St Pete Beach and Treasure Island. The target was Hogfish and we did very well. Light tackle spinning gear with live shrimp on […]
Tampa Bay Florida and the surrounding waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide anglers with a tremendous variety of fish species in one of the United States best vacation destinations. Tampa Bay Charter’s goal is to provide reliable, detailed information for the fisherman in the family so that they can make the most of their time in the area.
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Born in Ybor City, Florida; and raised fishing the Back Country of Tampa Bay. At a young age, and under the guidance of his Grandfather, Capt. Blick learned everything there was to know about fish, and fishing. Capt. Blick spent countless hours fishing the waters of Tampa bay, and other Florida river’s, Lake’s, and anything he can cast a line into; He is a Born Fisherman . Capt. Lee has participated in Florida CCA Tournaments for many years, as well as participating as a Captain in the St. Jude’s Tournament, Mercury Grand Slam, Tampa Bay Builders Association, YMCA Flats Fishing Classic, Outback Fishing Challenge, and The Andy Brown Memorial Rough Riders Fishing Tournament.
Bridges carry folks from Point A to Point B, but how about Point Sea? You have to get out of your vehicle for that one, but sling a bait under one of these people pathways and you’ll find angling action aplenty. Here’s your quick primer on fishing Tampa Bay bridges.
Non Stop Fishing Charters is a St. Pete Beach fishing charter service providing separate service packages for catching tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Additionally, the company offers families a “Take the Kids Fishing” option. Captain Kevin Walton is a sixth-generation Floridian with considerable experience in back-country fishing, flats fishing, and beach fishing. He earned his license in 2001 and has since then been running charters with fishers of all ages and experience levels.
I have previously been with Capt Steve of Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters on several inshore trips in Tampa Bay targeting Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, and Mangrove Snapper. This time we went to the Gulf to target Kingfish and Grouper. It was a beautiful…More
Tampa Bay has had a great Snapper and Snook bite with a few mackerel and sharks being caught as well. Snapper fishing around the bay bridges and public reefs around near Down town St.Pete or off Macdill air force base have been providing plenty of snapper over the 10” keeper size limit, and for there size these fish pull hard! Snook fishing in the bay has been decent, but not crazy good. Most of the fish have been in the mid 20” range. For the anglers wanting sharks there have been a good number of sharks patrolling the bait schools throughout the bay.
Inshore boat fishing is fishing from a boat in easy sight of land and in water less than about 30 metres deep. The boat can be as small as a dinghy. It can be a row boat, a runabout, an inflatable or a small cabin cruiser. Inshore boats are typically small enough to be carried on a trailer, and are much more affordable than offshore fishing boats. In recent times fishing from a kayak has become popular.
Another one of Florida’s staple game fish, this backcountry brawler thrives in virtually all parts of the Bay. The elusive Snook is caught anywhere from beaches to docks, mangroves, jetties and seawalls. Safe to say, it is uniquely flexible in finding itself a nourishing habitat.
2: At Madeira Beach, “The shallow water gag grouper bite is still on fire near shore. We’re seeing fish up to 30 inches as shallow as 20 feet of water. We’re catching the most in the 20-70 foot range and beyond those depths they kind of shut
St.Pete beach area has been producing good numbers of Tarpon fishing along the beaches and the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The tarpon have been BIG and most of these fish are over 100lbs!!! Tarpon fishing can take some patience to get one on, but once hooked up you are in for the fight of your life. In addition to tarpon there have been decent numbers of snook just off St.Pete beach and blinds pass area. Live bait free lined in the current is a great way to catch these linesiders.
For most of this month the weather has been great and with great weather brings great fishing. Fishing the waters of St Pete, Madeira and Treasure Island beach my charters have caught, snook, trout, redfish, sheeps head, flounder, grouper, jacks, Spanish mackerel and pompano. All of the fishing this month has been done with shrimp. […]
Captain Anthony and his son Tyler were incredibly hospitable and we all (including my 82 year old Dad and 78 year old Mom) caught a ton of fish! Lots of dolphins joined us well! I highly recommend th…is experience! See More
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).
Whether you’re fishing inshore for snook, red fish and trout on the flats, heading offshore for grouper, snapper and amberjack or looking for the world’s best tarpon fishing… Tampa Bay Charter will connect you with a successful local captain that has a proven record of getting their clients on the fish!
TROUT and SNOOKARE ON FIRE! Capt. Gene Maxwell has been targeting Snook, Redfish & Trout. The bite has been AMAZING! Capt. Gene has 30+ inch snook on lock-down. Over Slot, Large Redfish are available and the Trout been cooperating. Giant Silver Kings of the Sea (TARPON) should be here in full force come April. Book a trip to get it done. We offer 1/2, 3/4 and Full Day Inshore Fishing Charters. We have Also added a Special “West Coast Slam” Inshore Full Day Charter for those willing to take the challenge and get ALL THREE (Tarpon, Redfish, Snook)!
Finding the Spot for Fishing – One easy way to snag some monster saltwater fish is to research the type of structure they like to live in and then locate those structures where you plan to fish. There are tons of resources on the internet to locate natural and man-made structures in your area. Avoid paying for any maps that claim to have secret locations and/or structures, nine times out of ten you can locate these structures with free research.
Todd, Its always a pleasure having you on the boat. I wish the Kings would of shown up like they should of but I guess the grouper wasnt to bad of a catch. Congrats on getting your first Triple Tail! Capt. Steve Betz
January fishing has had consistent with catches of Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Black drum, Pompano, and a few Redfish. We have been fishing in between cold fronts, but when its not blowing we’re fishing! We have mainly been fishing with live shrimp and some artificial lures. If you prefer lures over bait just let me know! Here are some pics from the first half of the month.