Tampa Bay and Flats Fishing

2009-10-19 14:48:34
Tampa, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Tampa Bay

My charters so far this month have been producing a mixed bag of fish.

I like this type of fishing and so do my clients.

In the morning we have been having good results catching trout up to 22".

I have been rigging with popping corks and setting up drifts on some deeper flats.

When the trout bite slows I have been moving and fishing some of the inshore artificial reefs we have in Tampa bay.The local bridges have also proved productive.

Tactic's change by using slip sinker rigs and fishing the bottom structure.

Snapper,mackerel,and flounder have been in the mix.

Using light tackle makes it fun and provides a good fight.

Of course along with the above species we have been catching some big cat fish and lady fish that provide some nice jumps.

When the tide gets high I have been moving to some spots I know hold redfish and we have been able to put some nice keeper size fish in the boat.

Mixing it up and keeping it interesting is what it has been all about.

We now have a cold front upon us. This latest front should drop the water temp. This will be a good thing helping to really fire up the bite.

The snook should be moving to their normal haunts and make them more available for some of there drag screaming action.

Fish Species: trout,redfish,snapper ,flounder,mackerel and more
Bait Used: live bait
Tackle Used: light tackle
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Some Flounder
Some Flounder

A happy young man with a snapper
A happy young man with a snapper

Steve Betz

About The Author: Captain Steve Betz

Company: Fishing Tampa

Area Reporting: Tampa

Bio: I have been fishing the Tampa Bay area waters for over 30 years. My specialty is redfish,snook,and trout along with targeting shallow water grouper,tarpon and sharks.

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