Another fantastic winter species in the Bay area is Flounder. Undoubtedly one of the most unattractive fish, but probably one of the best tasting! This time of year, the Flounder will move in on large sandy areas in big numbers. For flats fishing, target potholes and creek mouths with substantial flow. Use the same rig for Sheepshead but you might want to switch to a circle hook. On the warmer days, a small live greenback or shrimp on the bottom will be best. If you like throwing artificial, try a #313 Gold Glitter C.A.L jig from D.O.A paired with a 3/8 oz Hook-Up Lures jig head. The heavier jig head will keep your bait on the bottom and in the strike zone longer during the retrieve. On the colder days, the fish might not be as active. Try a cut piece of any baitfish or shrimp. Some great areas to look for the “Door Mats” are around the Skyway Bridge, Fort Desoto, and Pinellas Point. The minimum size is 12” total length and the bag limit is 10 per person.
Over the past decade or so, the circle hook has become increasingly popular because it tends to hook up in the corner of the fish’s mouth rather than ending up hooked deep in the gullet, which greatly decreases the chances of a successful live release.
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 the fee s paid, minus booking fee(s) quoted.
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Take a ride through Fort DeSoto Bridge into Boca Ciega Bay. In this area you’ll find the Cow and Calf spoil islands and Jackass Key on the western side of the bay. Each of these locations holds large schools of redfish.
Unless you are trolling, the movement of submerged artificial baits are controlled almost exclusively by the speed of your retrieve and the action that you impart to the lure with the tip of your fishing rod.
Be it Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater, Bradenton or Sarasota, there’s no shortage of hotspots that fish well throughout the calendar year. Here, we’ll cover some of the area’s most popular species and dominant fishing techniques. We also might just give you a reason or two to put Tampa Bay fishing at the top of this year’s bucket list.
Coordinating company outings and tournaments is an area of expertise at Sport Fishing Unlimited Guide Services. Understanding event planning, fund raising and the need for competent organizational skills we solidly base our business on Customer Service. We have the advantage of enlisting the top fishing guides with the proper equipment and attitudes to ensure a positive and successful event.
Fintastic Fishing Charters is a Madeira Beach company that leads Tampa area passengers on offshore fishing expeditions. The company’s vessel, which is 34 feet long, meets or exceeds each of the Coast Guard’s safety standards. It is equipped with type-one life jackets, a raft, an electronic monitoring system, a first-aid kit, and a satellite telephone, among other safety features. Interested potential clients may quickly schedule an appointment through the company’s online scheduling system.
Snook clearly represent the class of the inshore game fish. Their speed, strong runs and occasional jumps make them the fish of choice for many Florida anglers. Snook are available year round; however the cooler, winter water temperatures slow their metabolisms significantly and make them a difficult target during our coldest months. A wide range of artificial and natural baits can be used to catch snook. The most commonly used method is live baiting with scaled sardines or “whitebait”. However, be sure to review all current fishing regulations before keeping any Snook as this species is heavily protected. Spring and fall fishing typically takes place along inshore structure…river mouths, mangrove shorelines and residential docks. Come late spring, fish move out to the beaches, gather in larger groups and can be caught in greater numbers. During the hottest months of summer, fish tends to feed best during low light periods and at night.