What an incredibly wet couple of weeks we’ve had here in Tampa. Historic rainfall has made it very challenging to be on the water but fortunately we were able to slip out a few times to make some more great memories while dodging these pesky storms.
The summertime snook bite continues solid with some quality fish being caught. The redfish which had been sparse have finally started become more abundant on the flats. Most of the fish we are finding are in the slot range. This has meant many anglers would only need to catch a spotted seatrout to complete what is called an “Inshore Slam” by catching all three of these species in a single day. The trout have been hanging in the deeper grass and although not very usually very big this time of year, there are plenty of them providing for this unique opportunity.
The bridges are holding an abundance of tasty mangrove snapper which have been feasting on the small sardines and the hard fighting “big uglies”, the black drum, which can’t resist a cut blue crab. The tarpon have moved up into the bay and are in their summer spots. There are fish of all sizes mixed in. Most of the ones we’ve been jumping are in the 30-60lb range but there are some monsters among them! You never know what size fish will be erupting into the air. There’s also still plenty of jacks and our small summertime sharks cruising around as well.
So it looks like the rain has finally stopped and the sun is out…finally! Thank goodness because I have a busy schedule coming up. Still got some good fishing days available this month so if you want to get your kids out before school starts, give me a call. Also, I’ll be at Dicks Sporting Goods-Westshore in Tampa this Saturday from 10-6. So, if you want to talk fishing or learn how to throw a castnet come on down! Great deals to be had too!!
Until next time, Tight Lines!! Capt. Chris
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