Great Fishing Inshore Despite COVID-19

Great Fishing Inshore Despite COVID-19

redfish tampa inshore

We are unfortunately closed due to the COVID-19 issues around our area, and we will remain closed through April. Tentatively planning and hoping to Open up Friday May 1st but time will tell. However, we still have some great fishing report information from our area to share with you guys!

Snook have been biting really well this past week around the passes, jetties and beaches. Plus, we have seen some great action with the snook around the flats and mangrove shorelines as well. These guys seem excited with the fluctuating weather and pressure changes. The wind and weather has made it a little difficult to get out there to target them but the anglers from shore around the passes have done very well in the early morning hours and just around sunrise with soft plastics, flairhawks, and jerk baits targeting passing snook. Live white bait or soft plastics seem to be the popular bite on the flats or mangrove shorelines for snook. Great time to get out on the water and catch and release a few snook. Remember that snook, redfish and trout remain catch and release only for our central west Florida area until end of May 2021.

Redfish action has been steady this past week again around the flats, mangrove shorelines, and especially docks. Flipping a soft plastic white paddletail under a dock with a 1/8th oz jig head retrieving slow with the occasional pop and pause has worked really well to produce some good redfish action. These fish love hanging adjacent to structures like oyster bars, docks, shorelines, or natural cover on the flats like potholes or drop offs. There seems to be lots of bait around right now, so they are fired up feeding hard.

Trout bite continues to be impressive this past week with some real monsters coming up along the flats, beaches, passes and docks. One of the largest trout I have seen was caught this past week just past the surf on the beach using a live greenback for bait and super light tackle by a family having some fun fishing on their private slice of beach. Also, some happy anglers around the area are seeing some big speckled trout around the bridges and docks of the passes this past week too! The nighttime trout action in the lights of the bridges and docks has been really good with them tearing up all the bait that’s been hanging in the passes.

Black drum have been biting pretty well around the local docks and bridges. These guys are similar to sheepshead in that they hang on the structures and they like crustaceans like big shrimp or crabs. Typically, they are right on the bottom feeding opportunistically on what makes an easy meal and they can get really big too!

Mackerel action has been really good around the passes, mouth of the bay and along our beaches. These guys are fun to catch and are good eating if you bleed them and eat them fresh. You can find them easily by looking for the bait which is easy to spot from the birds actively feeding on them. Plus, all you need is a flashy lure retrieved quickly on the edges of the bait school for a few nice hookups and big runs.
Pompano have been pretty prolific around the sandy areas of the local passes and along our beaches. Docs goofy jigs, nekid ball jigz or pompano jigs are great options for these fish. You can catch em using live sand fleas and occasionally small to medium sized shrimp too. They move around a lot and can be difficult to stay on top of, but they are great eating fish!

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snappers inshore
  • Nearshore ·

Hungry Fish Nearshore

The fish were hungry and waiting for us to return at the start of the week. Later this past week we faced rough weather Thursday due to the front and the Tuesday all day had a little slower bite than we would have liked but we still caught some great fish.
snapper fishing tampa
  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing Offshore

The current on the full moon created some issues when we were in the Deepwater trying to catch our amberjacks Wednesday, but luckily with an adjustment into shallower waters we were able to continue red grouper hunting with great success.
tampa redfish
  • Inshore ·

Great Action Before Full Moon

This past week brought some great action inshore especially at the start of the week before the full moon and front that moved by yesterday.
  • Offshore ·

Triggerfish Harvest Upcoming

Triggerfish are getting ready to close for harvest starting May 2nd making end of day May first the last time to land them for 2020, unless the season gets extended due to lack of quota being landed.
flounder fishing
  • Inshore ·

Snook Action Heats Up

Snook action continues to heat up as summer approaches with lots of snook moving into the passes and onto the beaches.
mangrove snapper fishing
  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing this Time of Year

Snapper action is great this time of year offshore. Now that were past the full moon were starting to see some good day time snapper action, plus this week’s overcast conditions definitely help the daytime snapper bite.
kingfish nearshore tampa
  • Nearshore ·

Great Kingfish Action Nearshore

Kingfish action has been great near shore lately and there is plenty of mackerel around too mixed in among the kings. From the Skyway all the way out of the shipping channel is a great spot to start looking for the bait schools. However, simply trolling around the channel will work well to produce plenty of mackerel and some nice kingfish too.
redfish tampa inshore
  • Inshore ·

Great Fishing Inshore Despite COVID-19

We are unfortunately closed due to the COVID-19 issues around our area, and we will remain closed through April. Tentatively planning and hoping to Open up Friday May 1st but time will tell. However, we still have some great fishing report information from our area to share with you guys!
mangrove snapper
  • Offshore ·

Snapper Excited by Full Moon

The Snapper action offshore this week, like near shore, was excited by that full moon. The nighttime fishing around 1-2 days ahead of the full moon is my favorite followed by a few days behind the moon.
blackfin tuna
  • Nearshore ·

Tampa Nearshore Report

Hogfish are still biting near shore around 30-70ft of water. They have definitely slowed a bit from the cooler moths, but there’s still a decent chance of finding a few ready to eat near shore.