It's Always a good time to visit the Tampa Bay area! With 115 bridges, 35 miles of sandy beaches, and 588 miles of coastline; fishing is the first thing that comes to mind.
Tampa Bay is the largest open-water estuary in Florida. It encompasses nearly 400 square miles and borders three counties: Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas. On average, the Tampa Bay is only 12 feet deep and there are more than 100 tributaries that flow into it. Tampa Bay’s beaches are always ranked in the top 10 on the list of best beaches in the nation. Clearwater Beach has even held the record for "most days of sunshine" in the Guinness Book of World Records.
More than 200 species of fish are found in Tampa Bay, including our targets: Snook, Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout. Mangrove islands in Tampa Bay support the most diverse colonial waterbird nesting colonies in North America.
Just 65 miles or so north of Tampa Bay rests Chassahowitzka. It's one of the few places left in Florida that you can explore all day, and never see another boat. The fishing is world class! We offer overnight wilderness trips on special weekends of the year.
SUMMER 2014 - Pinellas dock lights & nature coast scallops
Fishing is always outstanding during the summer! This year is no exception. Two of my favorite games this time of the year are night-time dock lights in Pinellas County, and Scalloping/fishing in Chassahowitzka.
The dock lights have been on fire! This year has been a little different than last year. There are a lot more BIG snook, baby tarpon, and silver trout, but less redfish and speckled trout. All species have been feeding heavily on live, artificial lures and flies! Snapper and sharks have been fun too!
Scallops in Chaz have been a blast! We’ve been averaging about 1.5 gallons per person in 2 hours before heading off to fish. The outer Islands have held nice trout, reds, and a mixed bag of other species. The best trips have included early scalloping, LUNCH in the shade of John's Island, fishing in the early afternoon, and swimming in the springs!
On the way home I made a loop on Tamiami Trail through Big Cypress National Park. I only stopped for about 2 hours, but I lost count of the number of fish I caught. Included were largemouth bass, spotted tilapia, Mayan cichlids, snook, gar, and something else that I still don’t know what it was…
I can’t wait to go back, anyone want to split gas?
Spring Break!...but Mother Nature had a different plan. The wind blew 20-25 knots for several days, temps dropped to the mid 40's. We decided to hide from the wind in the protected bayous. Conditions were tough, but we still caught a few snook. My Tuesday guest, John from Ohio, caught his first snook on spinning gear, and his first on the fly.
Most important, the big snook have moved to their spring staging areas in preparation for warmer weather. Spanish mackerel are starting to show up in the local channels in Tampa Bay and Chassahowitka. Tarpon and Kingfish will be here soon!