Fishing Reports

Throughout this month it has continually gotten warmer out and we have been getting off the water earlier in the day to beat the heat and the thunderstorms. On our Bradenton fishing charters we have been finding a lot of catch and release snook usually very eager to eat, they have provided for fast action and lots of fun. The spotted seatrout bite has been very good with some larger fish over 20 inches still being caught. There are a couple redfish being landed as well, which is promising as the summer goes on. Tarpon are chewing as well and the full moon coming up this week will provide for great action on the afternoon outgoing tides.

Last week we did some nearshore snapper fishing with a couple of our guests. We landed quite a few lane...

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On our Bradenton fishing charters lately guests have been experiencing fast action on snook and spotted sea trout. The bite for snook has been really good on the morning incoming tides last week with live pilchards “whitebait” used for bait to entice the bite. Some of the days last week we caught upwards of 35-40 snook on a half day fishing charter. We have been catching them on the flats that have nice potholes scattered and good water flow.

There has also been an abundance of seatrout caught on some of the deeper grass flats that have good tidal flow. The trout have been in some of the shallower grass and have been even mixed with some of the snook occasionally up towards the mangroves. The best bet for them has been a littl...

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The end of April and into May have been some of the best weeks of fishing this year and will continue into summer.

Clients have been staying busy with a variety of species of fish on our Bradenton and Sarasota fishing charters. Snook are making their way to the beaches and passes, trout have been biting very well with some nice 20+ inch fish in the mix, and the tarpon are starting to show in Tampa bay. The bait is getting easier to catch and pods of threadfins are in the bay and at the mouth of the rivers. I have seen some tarpon cruising the edges of the deeper grass flats and have heard of the occasional fish being hooked while trout fishing which always makes for an exhilarating surprise. The schools of tarpon should be along the beach...

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I have been very busy over the past couple weeks fishing with spring breakers down on vacation in Sarasota and Bradenton.

Before this front came through on Sunday the fishing was off the chain with lots of spotted seatrout and snook being landed and jacks, ladyfish, and Spanish mackerel also in the mix providing lots of action for anglers. The bait is getting more plentiful around the piers in Tampa bay and it has been making its way onto the flats as well. We have already started to see snook in some of the passes and the Tarpon should be making their way up here soon migrating north along the beaches. I have been hearing reports of fish being landed regularly in the Fort Myers area so it is only a matter of time before they are around S...

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This past week on our Bradenton inshore fishing charters we have seen really good fishing with spring creeping in but we also experienced another front that put things back in check for us. early last week we experienced another front that made the fishing conditions a bit challenging and also made catching bait difficult for most of us. Towards the end of the week and into the weekend we saw a warming trend which helped make the fish bite a little better.

After the front we focused on sheepshead for a little bit and also some black drum in the mix fishing artificial reefs and docks/structures throughout the bay, we also caught quit a few ladyfish while looking for some trout which helped to keep anglers rods bent. Friday I fished two ins...

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During the past couple weeks anglers have enjoyed catching a variety of fish on our Bradenton fishing charters. The snook bite has been great with fast action on most trips. Last week some cooler weather moved in and put the snook into a slower pattern but the redfish have shown up around the mangroves in some of the shallower bays feeding mostly on crustaceans and we have enticed some to eat whitebait as well.

The trout bite has been fairly consistent with some days being better than others but we have been landing quite a few quality fish. The sheepshead bite is going to be the most consistent with more cool weather moving in to our area early this week. No matter the conditions we seem to never have too much trouble getting some of the...

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The warm weather we have been experiencing all February long continues and fishing has been really good and will continue to get better as we approach March. Now is the time to fish, we have been doing more catching than fishing on our recent trips which has resulted in very happy and tired clients at the end of our charters.

In the past week the snook have shown up on the flats in good numbers and are hungry! On a recent trip Friday with Tim and his son in law Jason we caught over 30 snook with lots of jacks and a couple nice seatrout. The seatrout bite has still been consistent on most days producing some good fish for the dinner table. Mixed in with the trout in some spots have been ladyfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel helping to k...

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With the water temperatures starting to get into the low 70s lately the inshore fishing scene has started to pick up.

Bait is thick around deeper structures in the bay again and we have been using it to catch some quality fish on our inshore fishing charters. The Full moon two weeks ago fired the redfish up and clients caught quite a few nice fish during that stretch as well as black drum and sheepshead.

Last week the trout bite picked up and has been about as good as it gets, lots of solid keeper fish are being landed. I expect this action to continue for a little while, the slot fish are some great table fare 15-20 inches to keep and 4 per person. On some of the deeper grassy areas there has been a mixed bag of trout, Spanish mackerel, l...

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In the past three weeks we have experienced some chilly weather in Florida, with a couple strings of days with nights in the 30s and 40s, dropping water temperatures into the low 50s.

With the lower water temperatures we have been focusing our efforts on fish that don’t mind the cold water. Sheepshead has been #1 on the list especially with the peak of the spawn coming in February. Find these guys around structures in the bays such as bridges and docks, and also look for them on the near shore artificial reefs. Using live shrimp on a small hook with a ¼ ounce split shot will get the fish biting. Sheepshead are tasty fish and they are plentiful this time of year. 12 inch minimum to keep and 15 per person bag limit.

We have also...

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Happy new year and thanks to all the people who have fished with me in my first calendar year of charter fishing. 2017 was great and I am hoping to build my business up and continue providing fun, fish filled days for my current and future clients!

Fishing is still going strong and we are catching plenty of fish on our fishing charters. In the bay we have been on a very good snook bite all last week providing for fast action. ladyfish have been just about everywhere you look on the flats and deeper grass edges. There have also been a lot of seatrout around which are not only fun to catch but are great to eat as well. The whitebait is still available and as long as it remains in the bay we will be able to target a vareity of fish with succ...

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