Throughout most of the year, the species are caught in very shallow grass flats, up to 3ft. deep. Even though most fisheries go in deep hibernation during the winter months, the tailing Reds of Tampa Bay remain very much active. That said, they usually migrate to deeper waters at this time, normally between 4 and 8 feet.
Sheepshead have already started to infiltrate the flats, shell bottom creeks, canals, and rivers. Most of the fish that we have been seeing are on the smaller side, but normally this means that the deeper rock piles and edges will be holding the big ones. The two locally known reefs, “Bahia Beach & Port Manatee” are great places to start looking for the bigger convicts. Deep water canals and bridges will also be holding them. Look for oysters or rocks and focus on fishing around structure. As far as the rig goes, I like about 24” of 15-20lb Ohero fluorocarbon leader paired with a No. 1 live bait hook. Depending on the depth and current, I will use Joyfish Split Shot weights to gently get the bait to the bottom. Live or cut pieces of Shrimp will work just fine, or if you can get some fiddler crabs they can’t resist them. The key to catching Sheepshead is “feeling” the bite. They are known for eating the bait right off the hook. Unless they are pretty excited, the bite is fairly soft and gentle. I always tell my clients, “If you think you got a bite, you did – Set the hook!” Once hooked, they are feisty fish and have tremendous power for their size. Sheepshead must be at least 12” total length to harvest, the bag limit is 15 per person, and they provide excellent table fair.
The marine waters of New York host varied and exciting fishing opportunities for recreational anglers. Long Island is ideally situated so that both southern and northern fish species frequent our waters. You can fish for Atlantic cod, winter flounder and mackerel in the spring, or try your luck for bluefish, summer flounder and Spanish mackerel when school is out.
InShore Tampa Bay Fishing Charters will honor the cancellation of a reserved Charter up to 36 (thirty six) hours before scheduled charter is to begin, and will refund the fee s paid, minus booking fee(s) quoted.
So if you are traveling and want a simplified tackle box that is almost guaranteed to get you some strikes almost anywhere you can go saltwater fishing in the world (without having to haul along your entire garage full of tackle), here are the 7 fishing lures that you need to bring along.
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Unlike the Skyway, which literally happened by accident, The Long Pier at Redington Shores was built in 1962 expressly to allow fishermen to catch more of the Gulf’s bounty than they could from shore. The 1,200-foot-long pier boasts a long history of significant catches, including tarpon, snook, redfish, kingfish, flounder, drum, trout, pompano, whiting and an occasional shark.
Capt. Gene Maxwell is our resident expert on everything that has to do with whats biting in Tampa Bay. A native of this area Geno has spent his whole life fishing these flats and know the area no other.
Over the years Steve stalked the many varieties of fish expanding his knowledge of Tampa Bay. With more than 25 years of saltwater fishing experience tucked into his tackle box he began his career doing full time Fishing charters in Tampa Bay.
September 28, 2009 – Despite a congressional mandate to fix the “serious flaws in design” and “inadequate analysis methods” that renders MRFSS obsolete, the National Marine Fisheries Service continues using this fatally flawed program to deny the public access to coastal fisheries like red snapper, amberjack and black sea bass, crippling the recreational fishing industry. Click here to read MRFSS position paper. (Note from Ed.: This is what I told everyone about in June of ’09. NMFS is now considering a total closure of the bottom fishery in the south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico that could possibly close fishing for up to 35 years.)
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.
The Compre series of inshore rods is a complete line of spinning and casting rods created for the angler chasing Redfish, Trout, Snook, and Tarpon. These rods were created to throw lures, and fight the fish that eat them. Compre rods are constructed with IM-9 blanks and and Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides, Shimano Reel Seats and Grade A cork handles for all day durability in any conditions.
Happy New Year everybody. So far this has been a crazy winter. Not only has it been one of busiest winters ever the fishing has been pretty solid as well. Fishing inshore the sea trout bite is pretty consistent in 4 feet of water. Fishing the residential canals there has been plenty of redfish and […]
It’s worth noting that the open season for some of the Gulf species tends to be very limited. It’s always a good idea to check with your captain or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission before making the charter arrangements.
Warm weather for the past week has led to an increase in feeding activity for inshore fish species. Speckled trout have been venturing out of deep holes and channels and back into shallow water to feed. This has presented a great opportunity to fish …
One of our top picks in St. Petersburg. Welcome to Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters! Captain Anthony Corcella is a USCG licensed fishing guide with a lifetime of experience. You can join him for many adventures on the flats, backcountry, and nearshore waters of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. He welcomes anglers of all skill levels, from novice to advanced!
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St.Pete Beach we had a few good trips targeting Snapper and Sharks near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Snapper fishing during the summer months provides consistent action and plenty of table fair to take home for a fresh fish dinner! Sharks have been thick and aggressive. Most of the sharks we are targeting are in the 2′-5′ range.
Dos Hombres – John’s Pass Fishing Charters, in Madeira Beach, is a Tampa Metro area fishing charter service. The boat is 30 feet long and 12 feet wide, made in 2000 by Island Hopper. It cruises at 23 knots and includes spacious seating, under a large canvas top that protects passengers from the sun. Captain Anthony and his team win high praise from past clients for their friendly attitudes and their familiarity with the best fishing spots.