Monday, September 22, 2014

Brian Caudill Fishing Report

What's hot: Overcast days with rain have brought water temperatures down. That has triggered several species to react better than a few weeks ago, especially redfish. North Pinellas doesn't seem to have as many large reds as south and upper Tampa Bay, but they are migrating in little by little. The passes hold redfish at this time of year, eventually leading them to the inshore flats. Cutbaits are working best. But as a school is located on the flats, small, live pinfish and sardines are getting hit quickly. When scanning the flats for schools, look for large flashes from their bellies and water getting pushed up with force; not shaky water like mullet schools tend to produce.
Tips: Baits have finally moved on to the beach in large, dark waves. Bigger ones seem to be caught best at sunrise. Using a quarter-inch net prevents baits from hanging up. Watch for birds diving nearshore. Pinfish are still plentiful by chumming on the flats as well as much larger sardines than ones caught on the beach.
Capt. Brian Caudill

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shorter Days, Cooler Temperatures Promise to Ignite Fall Action

As summer starts leaning towards fall, waters slowly begin to cool, which starts a cascade of events that improve fishing from now until the real cold arrives in late November / early December.  First, massive schools of whitebait begin to appear on local beaches.  Although some of this bait is a little smaller than many local captains prefer, it is big enough to use and serves to draw game fish like a magnet.  Mangrove snapper, found on near shore reefs, will feast on this bait and securing a large volume of it is a sure fire way to get these snapper in an eating mood. A major problem that can arise in catching these snapper is that Spanish mackerel may invade the chum slick and grab many of these baits before the snapper can get their teeth into them.  Larger Spanish mackerel are great entertainment and can often be caught in large numbers though so this “problem” isn’t all bad. Last year at this time, large bonito began crashing bait schools from 500 yards out to about 5 miles and throwing small spoons at these fast moving, less than good to eat, tuna is great sport.  Long and accurate casts are required to hook these fish. Usually, when a school is spotted, an angler will only get a cast or two as these fish pop up and disappear just as quickly, only to surface a quarter mile away,

Inshore, redfish schools are returning.  As of this writing, most of these fish are large and, since they put off a sizable wake when they move on the lower phases of the tide, have been spotted by many anglers.  All this attention has made them very jumpy, so when fish are sighted, attempt to determine their direction of movement, get out in front of them and hope they move towards the boat.  If they don’t initially cooperate, be patient.  Continuing to chase these fish will likely shut them down. Large pinfish fished under bobbers will inspire the big boys to bite.

Captain Stewart Ames
Gone Fishing Charters           

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Capt. Brian report

                Hi Friends! Thank you for reading my latest fishing report! It's been a hot summer, requiring frequent adjusting to the conditions. But now we are heading into fall and things will be changing. We've caught lots of fish lately, so here is what's been going on...
      Inshore fishing gets tough in the middle of summer. The higher tides always prove the best since the water tends to be a little cooler. Redfish school mostly around the strong moon phases so as long as the the tides and moon line up, we are catching Reds. Cut baits seemed to be the best bait since the fish didn't have to chase them. Otherwise as the tide falls and the shallow water heats up, the fish get a little lethargic. Trout are cooperating through the falling tides on the deeper edges of most flats. But, even as they slow we keep moving towards the passes, fishing under the bridges for flounder or snook. There is a lot of water movement here as well as cooler water temperatures usually. Snook have really started to migrate back towards the east. They are not as easy to hook like they are in the summer months along the beaches, precisely why the season opens on September 1st! 
                My preference on these hot days has been to head out to some offshore locations. My range is up to 9 miles so we've been able to hook up on grouper, mangrove snapper, mackerel, cobia, grunts and sharks! As long as my clients are willing I am gonna take them out to a more action filled area! I like to drop down pinfish and grunts I've trapped overnight for the grouper. At this limited distance we catch a lot of short fish, but plenty of keepers mixed in throughout the day. Flatlining baits on a long-shank hook can draw strikes from spanish mackerel in the area too.
                As you can see there are plenty of options even though some days can be a challenge. Tides play a major role in our success. Moving into fall, the days become shorter and the water cools a bit. Kingfish will make their run back to the south eventually and things begin to change for the better inshore as the water cools. I look forward to a busy fall season and I've already booked several trips through the next two months. Don't hesitate to book your day on the water with me. I promise to work hard for you and give you every chance to have a great day out here! Call me at 727-365-7560 or email me through my website. Let's go fishing!

Capt. Brian Caudill