Fishing Reports

The small "fry bait" has invaded the bay

This is the time of year that we start to see that younger, smaller baitfish all throughout Tampa bay. The fry bait as most people call it is the smaller pilchards. The bait is very abundant and all the gamefish in the bay will feed on this plentiful food source. There is still larger bait fish mixed in with the fry bait and sizeable pinfish which are also good bait.

The spotted seatrout and mangrove snapper are two species of fish that really feed heavily in sarasota bay and tampa bay on the schools of small bait. Seatrout remains catch and release but there is some healthy sized fish mixed in that make for fun. The mangrove snappers are on the structure in the bay like the well known Skyway fishing piers and the main span of the new bridge along the rocks. There is also a fair number of legal sized fish on the flats holding the small fry bait and mixed in with the seatrout in areas like Emerson point. The snapper are some of the tastiest fish to eat as well. The deeper grass flats and edges have also been holding ladyfish and spanish mackeral to keep the rods bent.

There is still tarpon to be caught in our area. The fish have thinned out considerably on the beach which is normal for this time of year. The Manatee river will hold some fish up in some of the deeper bends and around the bridges especially at night. They will eat a live mullet or whitebait free lined with the current back towards the fish.

There is so many options to fish this month and into August. The weather is hot but the fishing is just as hot and we have had some great trips in the past couple weeks. If you are looking to get out on the water and enjoy a day of fishing give me a call at 813-220-8725 and I can get you out and have some fun catching fish!