Friday, May 26, 2017
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West Central Florida Fishing Reports

Mild water temperatures bringing plenty of surprises offshore

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-mild-water-temperatures-bringing-plenty-of-surprises/2324141 May can be one of the best months to fish offshore. The water is still mild, allowing spring and early summer migrations to mix. We landing numerous kingfish during our past few trips, along...

Dirty water leads to offshore adventures

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-dirty-water-leads-to-offshore-adventures/2323780 Once the high winds died down and we were able to venture into the gulf, we encountered dirty water caused by the wave action and had to run at least 15 miles offshore to...

Flat water makes seeing tarpon easier

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-flat-water-makes-seeing-tarpon-easier/2323898 Easterly morning winds will have the gulf waters flat close to shore and make seeing tarpon a lot easier. Get out at daybreak and stay close to shore with the sun behind you, which...

The Skyway, Paul Bristow

As the Silver Kings continued their annual invasion of the Tampa Bay Estuary this past week, the theme from JAWS could also be heard playing in the background at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers... ...

Get ready for a tarpon frenzy

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-get-ready-for-a-tarpon-frenzy/2323187 With our spring run of kingfish winding down, many will focus on the mighty silverking. The days surrounding Tuesday's full moon will likely jumpstart a tarpon frenzy that frankly doesn't need much help. There...

Flounder have returned to inshore locations

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-flounder-have-returned-to-inshore-locations/2323069 Flounder, after the winter months offshore, have returned to inshore locations. It will not be difficult to catch them for the next eight months. But flounder are frustrating. You are going to lose a...

Underwater visibility improving for spearfishermen

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-underwater-visibility-improving-for-spearfishermen/2322955 Underwater visibility has been poor the past few weeks, but it is starting to improve. Spearfishermen must consider underwater visibility when choosing tactics and gear. Bad visibility can shut down spearing. We have to...

Focus on offshore fishing

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-focus-on-offshore-fishing/2322794 Things are a little out of sorts for the annual spring migration of kingfish in our area. The migration was on track to be here a bit earlier than normal, but a late-season cold...

Deeper gulf waters outproducing shallow depths

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-deeper-gulf-waters-outproducing-shallow-depths/2322203 This spring brought many surprises the past two weeks for our clients. We were rewarded with giant red grouper, blackfin tuna and numerous kingfish. Some impressive sized lane snapper and sea bass were also...

The Skyway, Paul Bristow

The first week of May saw a strange mixture of fishing patterns at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers, and anglers willing to pursue the best bites found success with certain species.  May began quite...