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February 2017

Welcome to Florida in the Winter!  It has been seasonably warm, of course!  This is what makes fishing so great in Tampa Bay.  Water temperatures have been in the high 60's to low 70's from Sarasota to Clearwater which make for Springtime conditions.  Snook, trout and redfish are biting however, somewhat scattered.  Look for deep holes and passes with dark bottoms for great fishing opportunities.  I am still using white bait (green backs).  Bait is moving around Tampa Bay but can still be found around markers and at the Sky Way Bridge.   This bait is a favorite for Snook, redfish and trout! Shifting gears to fishing with shrimp, sheep head are the stars of the show along with white grunts, flounder, black sea bass and mangrove snapper.  When fishing for snapper and sheep head, Port Manatee Reef and Bahia Reef are my favorite spots.  Along the ship channels, though they can be more abundant.  My inshore tackle of choice includes a Penn Spin Fisher 3500 on a 7'6" med./heavy TFO rod with a 1/o hook, 25 lb. fluorocarbon leader and 3/4 oz. slip lead with a piece of shrimp.  Anchor over structure and chum with shrimp and you'll have fish for supper! Give me a call, set a date and let's get  out on the water!  

November Fishing Report

Tampa Bay fishing this November is heating up as the water temperature is cooling down all over the bay from Clearwater to Sarasota.  With the water temperatures in the low 70's, bait is still plentiful and fish are biting!  Bait is abundant around the bridges, up on the flats and around the channel markers.  Snook, red fish and trout are on target around Tampa Bay in November.  The snook bite is on fire with many being caught between 20" - 26".  Red fish are beginning to move up into the rivers but can still be caught on strong tides.  Big trout are starting to move onto the flats around the bay and anyone who has fished for Tampa Bay trout know we have some pretty big ones!  When trout fishing, look for schools of mullet.  Throw green backs using a popping cork.  This technique is irresistible to trout! Moving into the open bay around the shipping channels, the inshore grouper bite has been super.  I like to troll big plugs that run 25' - 30' deep.  Also, a lot of Tampa Bay anglers are catching gags on big pin fish and white bait on the edge of the shipping channels.  The best time to bottom fish is during the slowest parts of the tides. Spanish mackerel and king fish make awesome targets in November along the beaches with the water temperature not yet too cold but dropping enough to keep the bite lively.  Keep a live well full of white bait, chumming heavily behind the boat.  When the mackerel start showing up, most always so will the King fish.  Using a 40 lb. fluorocarbon leader with long shank hooks will land many of these fighting fish.  This warm fall is a great time to get out and catch some fish!   Contact me, Capt. Kevin Little and let's go on an Old Florida Adventure in Tampa Bay!

Tampa Bay Fall Fishing Report, Oct. 1st, 2016

Tampa Bay, Clearwater and St. Petersburg waters are slowly dropping in temperature and starting to liven up with fish.  With lots of bait on the Tampa Bay flats and at the big bridges, the Spanish mackerel bite has been phenomenal and consistent even with the tropical storm dumping lots of fresh water.  Moving inshore along the flats and mangrove shorelines, lots of small trout are biting along with incoming schools of redfish.  Snook are moving from their summer spawning areas of beaches and bridges to the flats and mouths of the creeks and rivers.  They are also becoming abundant in residential canals. Offshore fishing out of Tampa Bay and off Anna Maria is still thriving with red grouper and mangrove snapper.  The star of the show in October, however will definitely be the king fish.  Talking to a fellow captain on Friday, he said that king fish are showing in 60 - 80 feet of water.  Load your live well full of greenbacks, chum heavily and prepare for a smoker!  Book your trip now for a great Old Florida Adventure with Capt. Kevin Little.

August Fishing Report

In the Tampa, Clearwater Bradenton and surrounding areas the fishing has been good.  With the full moon fish are on the move run and gun tactics, looking for clean water points, throwing Green backs close to the mangroves...bait is along the flats finding live bait is critical.
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