Fishing Reports

The Redfish are Showing up

There has been more reds around in the past week in Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay. Redfish are some of the hardest fighting fish that we hook into during our inshore fishing charters. They are hard fighters and are great eating as well. The season is closed on redfish right now so we have been practicing catch and release on these fish. The fish are starting to school and that is when we can catch double digit amounts of fish in one day. Look for the fish on high tide close to the mangroves and around the oyster bars and on the edges of shallow flats and deeper docks during low tide. Cut bait has been working well during the heat of the day this time of year.

The dark stained water flowing out of the river makes the glass minnows and small fry bait ball up tight because they cannot see predators as easily and the fish will rush through the schools of bait feeding aggressively as the baitfish shower on the surface to escape. This situation on some of the deeper grass flats has been providing for fast action for our anlgers catching seatrout, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, and jack crevelle.

The weather has been hot lately but the fishing remains strong and there is great fishing ahead in the coming months. If you are looking to get out on the water give me a call at 813-220-8725. There is only a couple more weeks left before kids go back to school so take them fishing and they will have some great stories and pictures to share.