Thursday, March 30, 2017
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West Central Florida Fishing Reports

Tampa Bay Fly, Pat Damico 3/17/2016

Captain's Corner: Warming water brings snook back Pat Damico, Times Correspondent Monday, March 14, 2016 5:44pm  The local water temperature has finally hit my magic number, 65. At the beginning of each month I consult my fishing...

Head to shipping channels and area passes

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-head-to-shipping-channels-and-area-passes/2293626 This is the time when the shipping channel and most area passes are filled with massive schools of baitfish. Little tunny (bonito or false albacore) are following these smaller fish and offer opportunities for...

Topwater Trout

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-target-larger-trout-with-topwater-lures/2292649 We are back to great action on topwater lures for larger trout. Post hurricane, with cooler water temperatures and shorter daylight hours, and less floating grass, the trout are aggressive again. It is a...

Upper Tampa Bay

December 31, 2015   What’s happenin’ in the upper stretches of the Bay? Better every day, we still need a cooldown to make the fishing exceptional all the way up the Bay.   But it is decent.   Redfish...

Upper Tampa Bay

February 17, 2016 What’s happenin’ in the upper stretches of Tampa Bay? It is winter but no fear, spring can almost be seen.   Action is hit or miss this time of year with some fantastic trips...

Conditions favorable for spotted seatrout

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-conditions-favorable-for-spotted-seatrout/2307514 Spotted seatrout fishing has been very good over the last several days and we should expect more of the same with good weather and tides this week. Concentrating on the many spoil islands that...

The Skyway Report

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Captain’s Corner: Going after mangrove snapper

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-going-after-mangrove-snapper/2305902 With winter water temperatures upon us and migratory species mostly gone, offshore anglers shift their focus toward bottom fish. Grouper are the primary target, but those anglers are missing out on another tasty opportunity:...

Change in temperatures brings change in fishing

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-change-in-temperatures-brings-change-in-fishing/2303480 Although the weather has been a bit mild, things will change on the water over the next couple of days. Sardines have been easy to net with warm temperatures, however, higher winds with this...

Captain’s Corner: Don’t let fly gear collect dust

I am always surprised by the number of fly-fishers who have their equipment from a former location and never touch it while living in Florida. Many are retired with plenty of free time on...