Monday, May 22, 2017

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...

It’s king mackerel time

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-its-king-mackerel-time/2321099 King mackerel is a hot topic this time of year. With tournaments every weekend for a month and a half, the question's not where are the fish but where are they this week and...

Be extra cautious when hunting cobia

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-be-extra-cautious-when-hunting-cobia/2320760 Cobia are all over the wrecks, heavy bottom structure and ledges. Both scuba and freedive hunters have found them. With either setup, make sure your gear is in tiptop shape. The cobia's strength and...

The Kayak Report

The great fishing of spring has been here for a while.   The wintertime fishing was OK but I just felt that things were going to explode and have things be a lot better than...

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...

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...