Monday, May 22, 2017
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West Central Florida Fishing Reports

May 2017: Florida Kayak Fishing Forecast

May 2017 By Neil Taylor and capmel.com kayak fishing staff contributors Around the state: The word is out:  Fishing all over the great state of Florida is exceptionally good.    Will the heat of summer come early for...

Neil Taylor: Lower Tampa Bay

By Neil Taylor, www.strikethreekayakfishing.com The lower Bay area continues to produce incredibly steady action.   What was already “good” action on redfish and speckled trout, the numbers of fish around the south shore is impressive.   Flounder...

Neil Taylor: Upper Tampa Bay

May is here which means 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 little...

Neil Taylor: The Kayak Report

The month of the Captain Mel Classic:  Now in the books, the seventh annual event was another great success with many fun stories and a whole lot of great things for the community.   Charity...

Baitfish appear less abundant

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-baitfish-appear-less-abundant/2322051 With the water temperature around 76 degrees, where are the hordes of schoolie kingfish that should be gorging on baitfish as they migrate north to the Panhandle? It may be that baitfish such as...

Tarpon ready to take advantage of bait migration

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-tarpon-ready-to-take-advantage-of-bait-migration/2321876 Warm water has triggered large schools of baitfish to enter Tampa Bay and move farther inland. Tarpon will take advantage of this annual spring migration and concentrate where baitfish are plentiful. Bridge structure fits...

The Skyway Report, Paul Bristow

Warmer than average weather greeted the Tampa Bay region this past week and summertime patterns were the best way to find success at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers.  Spanish mackerel remained on a hot...

Migrating tarpon begin to appear

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-migrating-tarpon-begin-to-appear/2321823 Scanning the beaches first thing in the morning when the waster is slick and calm might reveal some of the season's first pods of migrating tarpon. If you have tarpon fever, you know how...

Conditions right to catch variety of species

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-conditions-right-to-catch-variety-of-species/2321339 Fast-action variety trips are the norm. It is not unusual to catch trout, flounder, grouper, ladyfish, jacks, bluefish, mackerel and some other species on a single trip. This is possibly the easiest time of...

The Skyway, Paul Bristow

The Silver King has signaled that fishing in the Tampa Bay Estuary is already approaching a summer pattern - about 45 days ahead of schedule!  Tarpon were numerous in recent days, with lots of fish hovering like armed drones right around the shadow...