Tampa Fishing Charters for Snook
I have found pretty good numbers of Snook on my Tampa fishing charters this month along the mangroves and shorelines of Tampa Bay. I use whitebait for Snook and I am catching some good-sized fish along the deeper cuts in the mangroves. By focusing on the shadow lines around the mangroves I find more fish. You will want to fish early in the morning or in the evening for your best chance at a trophy sized fish. Snook season is closed so you will need to take care when releasing them. The warm water can stress Snook out and extra time reviving the fish maybe necessary for a safe release.
Redfish are everywhere
Redfish are plentiful and are prowling the mangroves and flats in the bay. Whitebait, cut bait, and shrimp are all producing larger fish. For those of you that prefer to use artificial baits soft plastic jerk baits rigged weedless has produced some good fish as well as gold spoons. The reds are feeding actively during the top of the tide.
Trout are in the Deeper Water
Trout fishing has been pretty good on the deeper areas of the flats. I am finding them in four to six feet of water. Live shrimp free lined seems to be producing the best results so far. I am using a medium to large shrimp and working the potholes on the flats. I look for smaller potholes surrounded by good healthy grass. This is also a good tactic to find summer redfish. Both fish like to hide in the grass on the edges and ambush their prey.
The mangrove snapper bite is hot in Tampa bay larger fish are being caught along the edges of the shipping channels. I am finding some good-sized fish in the mangroves as well. Limits of snapper are easily being caught providing one of the best eating meals you will have. I use small shrimp or small greenbacks on a 1/0 circle hook. I look for structure like rock piles, bridges or artificial reefs and will chum them at first. Drop your bait down into the chum line and be ready for a quick sharp hit. You have to be fast with snapper they are very good at stealing your bait.
Spanish Mackerel fishing has been good recently. I have had better years but I am still catching good numbers of fish. They are good-sized and healthy and are feeding well in the deeper water. I have had my best success with large shrimp free lined and cut greenbacks. I look for large schools of bait near range marker and artificial reefs to find the fish. Once I find them I will begin to chum with cut bait to get them into a frenzy.
Tampa Bay inshore fishing has been good to slow due to weather. The fish have been sluggish and slow to bite in the later part of the day. The best time to fish is early morning and after sundown. If you are fishing during the hottest part of the day make sure you have plenty of water and sports drinks and are staying hydrated.
Fishing in the heat of summer can be at times frustrating or productive. Time of day is critical when planning your trip. Hydration is a very real and serious concern and needs to be at the forefront of your plan. Pick the right time and the right spot and you will have a good day out on the water.