Monday, March 11, 2019

SPRING FORWARD!!

Some people hate the changing of the clocks but for me it means good fishing! With water temps on the rise over the last few weeks we have really seen the fishing start to heat up as well. It was a pretty good winter for sheepshead. We also caught an abundance of small reds while fishing docks for sheepshead so hopefully this bodes well for things to come. The sardines that have been down by the Skyway Bridge have started filtering north into the bay and has really turned on the bite, especially in those transition areas around points and creek mouths. Those snook that have been snubbing their noses at us are now gladly inhaling a well placed greenback. There are still plenty of redfish moving around in loose schools and in potholes. For them, cut bait and and a big box of patience has proven to be the most successful. Also some nice spotted seatrout have been patrolling the shallow grass edges where weedless soft plastics have been working well. 
     While current regulations keep snook, redfish and trout over 20" closed, there have been a few nice keeper mangroves snapper caught on docks and other structure. It won't be long before mackerel, bluefish and bunch of feisty little sharks move into the bay looking for a rod to bend. I've also still have some dates available for what we hope to be an excellent Tarpon season. The fishing is really good right now and should continue to improve as we approach what many consider to be the best time of the year. The weather is beautiful and the wildlife abundant so do yourself a favor and GO! And bring a kid or two with you. Tight Lines, Capt. Chris  (813) 908-6222.