Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kayak Fishing Tampa Bay


Like catching big redfish?  So does Wayne!
November started out with varying results in the kayak fishing around the area.   The fishing has been very good most of the time and then grinded to a halt when High pressure settled in for a couple of days.    It is all based on the weather now.    Two days past each cold front, the conditions will stabilize and the fish will be happy.    Around the fronts, the biggest challenge is the wind but the murkied up water will also make it tougher to have success. 
Bluefish and spanish mackerel created a need for heavier leader at times.    Shallow troughs on low tides had these toothy speedsters clobbering the 12 Fathom mullet and providing some great action (or cutoffs with lighter leader).   For bluefish, grab a topwater lure and throw it.    You are less likely to lose your terminal lure choice with the treble hook lure.    Fight these fish with the rod tip high to prevent another bluefish from cutting your leader as it tries to steal the lure from the hooked fish' mouth.
 Mackerel were more likely to be on the "outside" but bluefish were way up in cut off troughs one would never expect them to be.   Before long they too will probably migrate "out and south" for the next few months.   Bluefish often just stay and when the baitfish leave, they will just start eating anything else they can find.    Eat a bluefish?   Not a first choice, you can get a lot of meat off of them and you can make these into a fish spread.    I leave them on the smoker an extra hour longer than mackerel and I go heavier on the other ingredients.   If possible also try to mix in another fish like trout or flounder.    
Flounder have been caught easily in certain spots in the Bay.   It has been the best flounder action I have ever seen here.    Routinely, 19-inch fish are coming up.   Average size has been about 14 inches in these locations.   Other areas have smaller numbers and smaller fish.    2015 should be a spectacular year for this underutilized species.  

Pompano are an option in the passes, particularly toward the mouth of Tampa Bay.   Use the Silly Willy with a pink teaser.     Silly Willy teasers are now from yours truly, made durable and attractive to fish.   Loop knot the two together with the hooks facing in opposite directions.  This lure in contact with the bottom will catch pompano.   Expect also to get silver trout and whiting which are also funneling in with the cooldown in air and water temperatures.   

Redfish have been another success story.    Their numbers fluctuate from month to month and year to year.    I believe that more people letting them go has been positive for overall numbers.   While I don't see them as endangered, you can't compare redfish to speckled trout.   Trout populations are ridiculous, something that should be the case for a species that spawns year round.   A picture is a great memory anyway and there are the trout and flounder to readily take home for that meal.   Not to mention snapper, sheepshead, silver trout and whiting also all species that are not severely stressed and prolific.   I like the trend toward sport fishing around Tampa Bay.  
It is later into November so the sheepshead are becoming a better option every day that passes.   First on the flats, then on the rocks and pilings.   Sheepshead are on the shallow flats, seen where you're targeting redfish.    Whiting and silver trout are a different game entirely: But great light tackle action and fantastic for putting together a neighborhood "fish fry".  Silver trout will eat just about anything placed in front of them.   Whiting fall victim to fresh shrimp pieces or the Silly Willy jig.
Dress for it when it's colder, get out when you can: The fishing's great, but go out with a plan!
As always, be careful out there!
Neil Taylor
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Capt Brian Caudill Fishing Report

Cooler air has lowered the water temperature quickly along the coast. Higher Northeast winds has pushed the water off of the flats, forcing many fish to dwell in the remaining potholes. Sunny days will heat the shallow waters more quickly, encouraging the redfish and trout to forage on baits making their way through the strike zones of waiting predators. Sardines are harder to locate directly after strong cold fronts, so live or artificial shrimp can be deadly. Use a small split shot to gain distance when casting a shrimp towards the holes along the edges of a flat. Using a float can be very effective in waters 3 - 4 feet. For artificial shrimp, use a light 1/8 ounce jighead and a bronze colored plastic shrimp or even paddle tail jigs. Cast into larger sand holes allowing the jig to work the entire hole slowly. Fish rarely chase a bait aggressively in the cooler waters, making shrimp a great choice. Target the falling tides as the warmer waters pour across the flats stimulating a better bite while pushing fish towards the holes and edges. Many species will inhabit these areas. Be ready for redfish, trout, flounder jacks or ladyfish.   

Capt. Brian Caudill



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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fishing report Captain Jason Prieto


 Fall Fishing Is Hot and weather is perfect in Tampa Bay

fishing in the fall in Tampa Bay is as good as it gets. Snook reds and Trout are all on the menu for catching day in and out as the flats and back country fishing really starts to heat up. You can expect to have some great days of fishing as long as weather holds out and winds stay calm. If you are interested in getting out and fishing some of the best areas the Florida has to offer give us a call at 813-727-9890 and we will get you booked for a trip of a lifetime.




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