Sunday, April 23, 2017
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West Central Florida Fishing Reports

Neil Taylor, Upper Tampa Bay

Plunging toward the month of May, great opportunities in the northern extent of the Bay.    Redfish and trout will remain the best options.     The numbers of snook continue to remain poor and there is...

Neil Taylor, Lower Tampa Bay

I love the south shore.   Little known fact:   The first place I went fishing in Tampa Bay: South Shore.   And that exact spot remains my favorite place anywhere across the region.  I probably should...

Back to normal after windy weather

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-back-to-normal-after-windy-weather/2320499 It took a few days for things to get back to normal after our week of windy weather. Water clarity was our biggest issue the first few days back to work. We found muddy...

Windy days offer good chance to work on fly fishing

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-windy-days-offer-good-chance-to-work-on-fly-fishing/2320409 We are having more wind than usual. Should you leave your fly rod at home and take only spinning tackle? If you want to improve as a fly fisherman, the reverse is true. If...

The Skyway Piers, Paul Bristow

Despite this being the last weekend of the Spring Break travel season, some Summertime bites are already kicking in at The Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers.  Mangrove snapper are the most prominent fish 'ahead of...

Bottom fishing action picks up in 60 feet

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-bottom-fishing-action-picks-up-in-60-feet/2320155 After last week's winds caused five straight days of charter cancellations, it was a relief to head offshore. Water temperatures were right, hovering around 71 Sunday, but water clarity was not. Stops on a...

Permit an elusive, rewarding target

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-permit-an-elusive-rewarding-target/2319967 The spring migration of many species is under way in the North Suncoast area. A lesser-known arrival is the permit. Each spring, these coveted gamefish appear around wrecks up and down the coast. They...

It’s a bad time to be a kingfish

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-its-a-bad-time-to-be-a-kingfish/2319674 Kingfish all over our area got a bit of a reprieve in the past week. Strong winds and at times severe weather made for lousy offshore boating conditions. With better weather in the forecast,...

Big trout remain a good target

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-big-trout-remain-a-good-target/2319619 Big trout are still an easy option throughout the Tampa Bay region. With the right locations, it is not difficult to catch a lot of big trout fast. Trout are our most abundant fish...

Active time for fish in Gulf of Mexico

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-active-time-for-fish-in-gulf-of-mexico/2319337 This is a very active time for many fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and the bottom fish are on the move as well as the pelagics. Over the past few weeks red grouper...