Fishing Reports by Captain Woody Gore
About The Author:
Company: Captain Woody Gore Charters
Area Reporting: Tampa Bay
Bio: Born and raised in Tampa, Capt. Woody developed a passion for fishing as a child and years later, he is still expanding his fishing knowledge base and skill levels. Now with over 50 years of worldwide fishing experience he does everything possible to create an unforgettable and world class fishing adventure.
[Tampa,FL] It's a great time of the year to fish the negative tides of the coming winter months. The low tides force the fish into the low areas making them easier to find. So if you're the adventurous type break out the wader and hit the flats.
[Tampa,FL] Finally winter is over and spring is here. Now is the time to dig out those rods and reels and check out the boat, it’s time for another great summer of fishing. Throughout the wintertime fishing was consistently poor with cold weather, cold water temperatures and high winds. Thankfully it’s over and the fishing should pick up as our water temperatures return to normal and the bait shows up on the flats.
[Tampa,FL] The the fish are starting to eat after last week severe cold snap. Lot's of dead fish, but not as many snook as I thought.
[Tampa,FL] Even though the bait was small the bite was good. It was difficult to find greenbacks on any size on the flats but if you're will to make the run the south end of the Skyway Fishing Pier is loaded.
[Clearwater,FL] Despite the winds the fish are still eating. The redfish and snook bites been great along with the occasional gator trout.
[Tampa,FL] On the last few trips we've had a nice redfish bite. Caught several in the slot and some oversize. Plenty of snook still around and eating white bait
[Tampa,FL] Had a good day with snook and redfish. Plenty of fish but difficult getting them to eat. Water temperatures still high for October.
[Tampa,FL] Great morning fishing trip. Caught plenty of fish on live bait.
[Tampa,FL] We had a great day Friday catching plenty of quality fish. However, we spent a part of the time dodging thunderstorms.
[Tampa,FL] Ran two trips on Saturday and to on Sunday. Hot would be an understatement. I think we drank everything in the cooler.
[Tampa,FL] The mackerel, bluefish, snapper and gags bite's been exceptional around Tampa Bay. Plenty of action on moving water.
[Tampa,FL] The bites on in Tampa Bay. Everything is eating but it's hot and getting hotter. Drink lots of fluids.
[Clearwater,FL] Plenty of fish in Clearwater and they are still eating. Given the number of anglers targeting this area it's up to us to protect this wonderful fishery.
[Tampa,FL] Warm waters, plenty of bait and diminishing cold fronts are turning on the fishing in Tampa Bay. We are catching plenty of nice fish.
[Clearwater,FL] It was a good day fishing with past clients. They are not just clients but over the years have become friends.
[Clearwater,FL] They’re were back in full swing today and eating live shrimp. We probably caught 35-40 nice fish in about four hours.
[Clearwater,FL] I was worried the fish would not eat again today. However after the sun got up around 11 AM they began to get a little active.
[Clearwater,FL] Cold freezing temperatures and high pressure shut them down today. It's not often we go fishing and can't get them to eat but today was one of those days.
[Clearwater,FL] It was really cold today but we got a bite going for about an hour. Had to fish canals to stay out of the wind.
[Kissimmee,FL] Traveled to the South Port ramp for some Crappie or Specked Perch as us crackers call them. Got a nice limit of big specs.
[Clearwater,FL] Weatherman Said Don’t Go! But we took our chances based on meteorologist past performance. It was a beautiful day early and didn't turn sour until later in the day.
[Clearwater,FL] Cold morning winds made it hard to fish. This cracker is not used to and doesn't like cold weather but with enough clothes it's bearable.
[Tampa,FL] It was one of those easy bait days and the fish cooperated as well. Even though it was cool the redfish didn't seem to mind.
[Clearwater,FL] It's often said that fish eat good on approaching fronts and yesterday proved it. While they stopped eating live bait they devoured artificial lures.
[Clearwater,FL] The approaching cold front did not stop the bite. It did slow it down some first thing in the morning but it picked as the tide began flowing.
[St. Petersburg,FL] You really can't beat low tide days. Wading is one of the best ways to fish this low water.
[Clearwater,FL] It was a super negative tide this morning. That's always good because you know where the fish are.
[Tampa,FL] It was a windy day so I stay downtown around the bridges, and rivers. Found plenty of fish willing to eat.
[Tampa,FL] Redfish were destroying topwater lures in shallow water flats. Slow walk the lure across broken bottom pot holes and hang on.
[Clearwater,FL] We had an excellent Trout bite last Saturday. Light winds but plenty of anglers.
[Tampa,FL] Cold weather and high winds would not stop these guys. In from West Virginia we braved the elements to catch a few fish.
[Tampa,FL] Plenty of nice fish around the Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key Shipping Channel. It just takes a little work to find them
[Tampa,FL] Excellent day on the water trolling for inshore grouper. Caught 19 with 11 over 22 inches
[Tampa,FL] Storm day but the fish finally began feeding. Dodged thunderstorms all morning but had a decent catch.
[Tampa,FL] Trout are still biting in deeper water grass. Free lined greenbacks are doing the trick.
[Tampa,FL] Sunday was a good day on the water despite all the boat traffic. Plenty of good fishing off the beaten paths. Fishing the open water for Mackerel and Trout was a bit bumpy from boat wakes but the wind calmed nicely.
[Tampa,FL] Big Macks and Blues are in Tampa Bay. Large Flounder and Seatrout are cruising the deeper grass flats.
[Tampa,FL] As a strong advocate of catch and release I thought I’d put a few words together about catching and safe leasing the things that bring us so much enjoyment. They are ours to protect and should we fail… shame on us.
[Tampa,FL] Greenbacks – Whitebait – Scaled Sardines Probably the number one live bait used in the bay area is a scaled sardine.
[Tampa,FL] Spring is here…so dig out those rods and reels and get the boat checked out it’s time for another great summer of fishing on Tampa Bay. Do it now… then when you’re ready to go fishing you will be ahead of the game.
[Tampa,FL] The Tampa Bay waters are full of fish and offer excellent Snook, Redfish and Trout action starting at the north end of the Bay down to the Skyway.
[Tampa,FL] The trout and pompano bite should continue. Don't forget those Sheepshead.
[Tampa,FL] We should have some good trout fishing this month.
[Tampa,FL] August was a scorcher with humidity’s in the ninety’s but we’re still catching fish. You need to pick your times and places but the bites been fairly consistent. Perhaps not the numbers we’d like but still catching. Warm summer waters make fish lethargic for most of the day but when fishing at night they seem more active. Many summer anglers find nighttime fishing enjoyable and provided the mosquitoes don’t carry you off the fishing is relatively productive.
[Tampa,FL] Comfort is paramount to all species and water temperature is a major factor because of its governing effect on a fish's bodily functions.
[Tampa,FL] Fishing’s been excellent all over Tampa Bay. Good reports of Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, Tarpon and Cobia being caught. Greenbacks are on every grass flats and markers. They are usually easy to get provided you anchor, chum and throw your net.
[Tampa,FL] This month suggest the beginning of our hot… humid… summer days and should bring good catches of Snook, Redfish, Trout and Mackerel throughout the Bay area. All need to do is just go fishing.
[Tampa,FL] Snook Season Closes… May 1, 2007 until September 1, 2007. You can still catch them but they got to go back. If you’re lucky enough to catch a really big spawning fish; be gentle when handling it because some of the large breeders may still have their eggs. If not handled carefully they could prematurely lose that precious cargo.
[Tampa,FL] Expect good things to happen next month as the water continues to warm in the gulf, bays and backcountry. As the water continues its warming trend the bait will move onto the flats if it’s not already there.
[Tampa,FL] What a great winter to be in Florida. The rest of the country’s been freezing their hind ends off when here in sunny Florida we’re in shorts, flops and T-Shirts… catching plenty fish.