16 Oct Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay
Our fishing charters in Tampa Bay have been productive this past week. We have caught a variety of fish as usual.
The fall Snook bite has really fired up! The cooler water temperatures has them in the feeding mode. Redfish are also being caught. They can be found mixed in with the Snook and also around oyster bars and mangrove shorelines feeding on sardines,shrimp and small crabs.
I prefer to fish the little nooks and crannies of the bay staying away from the crowds if at all possible. The fish in the areas I fish are a little less pressured and more willing to eat the baits presented to them in my opinion.
This past week we did well catching Redfish and Snook. We fished around some small islands while on our fishing charters in Tampa Bay.
Live scaled sardines is the bait of choice right now. I like to free line the baits mainly nose hooked on a #1 VMC sure set circle hook. The circle hook works great and really helps to eliminate gut hooking the fish we are going to release.
The group of guys in this set of pictures were a lot of fun to take fishing. We caught a lot of fish and had a steady flow of action on the 4 hour charter.
We had the Jack Cravelle fired up on that charter. If you haven’t caught a Jack Cravelle you have missed out! Pound for pound they are one of the hardest fighting fish in Tampa Bay. The bigger they get the harder they pull and rip drag! But dont be fooled even the smaller ones will give you a run for the money.
We also did some Snapper fishing this past week. The bite still wasn’t the greatest for them but as we hunted and pecked we were able to get some nice ones for the dinner table. The Spanish Mackerel are still biting but locating them has been a little more difficult. They tend to move from the normal areas as the temps cool but we will be back on them in no time.
It was a great week with some great weather. Our temperatures have come down a bit making for more comfortable charters. Thank you for stopping by to read my reports and I hope you will book me as your Tampa fishing guide.
Capt. Steve Betz