Florida’s Tampa Bay is known for the big catch. Local anglers reel-in some of the ocean’s most sought-after fish. Chief among the Gulf’s boon is Tarpon. Moreover, Tampa offers casinos, breweries and lush parks. Anglers easily reap Tarpon from Fort De Soto’s inshore waters, but the big catch awaits offshore, deep below the waves. [Read more…]
Tampa Spring Snook Fishing is on
Tampa spring Snook fishing has been off the hook off the mangrove shore lines around the Tampabay area. April is typically one of our very best months for flats fishing and so far it has lived up to my expectations. The Snook, Redfish and Trout fishing has been on fire.
Tampa Snook fishing has been the great over all with many small to giant over slot Snook. I have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of number of big trophy Snook we have been catching. The last few years have been ok but this year I have boated more trophy Snook then years past. We have been averaging around 12 Snook per day and we have been landing a few over slot size Snook per a trip. The Snook fishing is excellent right now.
Redfish have also been doing very well. On most days I’ve been getting plenty of redfish mixed in with the mullet schools. Most of the Reds mixed in with the Mullet have been in the 18 to 27-inch class and a hand full over 30 inches. On the lower tide days, I have been getting the larger 30 plus inch Reds.
Trout fishing has also been really great with a lot of big Gator Trout, I haven’t been catching in the same place as they have been mixed in with the Snook and Redfish. Most have been ranging from 16 to 25 inches with some just under 30 inches. The Trout fishing is very doing very well this year.
If you have a livewell go catch bait and go to the area, you want to look at and throw a hand full or two out and see if you get any fish start to pop the bait. This is the time of the year when the Snook and Tarpon start their migration to the beaches and passes.
Capt Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at email@example.com
A sight casting video we did a little while ago as we are pre fishing for the Salty Fly. The biggest fly tournament in Florida if not the USA. This day Capt Harrison and i were fishing a flat in north Tampa Bay throwing 8wt’s. This is just 2 of the 6 Redfish we caught that day.
I was also pre fishing for some up coming Tampa bay fly fishing charters that week for some night Tarpon charters along with some dock light fishing for Snook, redfish and Trout.
The Tarpon are moving in more and more every moon and that means it is Tarpon time. The last five Tarpon charters we have had 22 hook ups and 10 to the side of the boat. They have been from 40 to 150 pound fish so if you are looking to get that early Tarpon fix book now i still have great dates open. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is or you use a spinning rod or a fly rod it is still Tarpon time. The night fishing is doing the best right now but we have been get some good ones during the day time in that 3 to 8 feet of water.
Capt. Jim Lemke
813 917 4989