05 Sep NO Red Tide in Tampa Bay!
No Red Tide in Tampa Bay! This has been the answer that myself and other local charter captains have been giving to the all to common question “Is there any red tide in Tampa Bay?”
The red tide that bloomed off the west coast of the southern parts of Florida has not effected Tampa Bay. It has been fishing and catching as usual. The news media both local and national have blown this out of proportion to some degree. In today’s world with social media and all of the self proclaimed experts posting on Face Book and other social media outlets they have done more damage than good for our industry and tourism.
Recently one of our local news stations interviewed a couple of well respected Tampa Bay captains. If you don’t believe me about what is going on in our area take a couple of minutes to read it or watch the video. Red Tide Interview
We have No Red Tide in Tampa Bay and the fishing has been nothing short of great! I ran a lot of charters this past month and we caught plenty of fish. Some trips were catch and release and some were with customers who wanted to take the fresh catch home to eat.
There has been a variety of catches including Mangrove Snapper, Grouper, Trout, Snook and Sharks!
The only dead fish myself and customers have seen are the ones at the end of the day at the cleaning table.
Here are some photos from recent Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters.
Don’t forget that we know one of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area that will cook your catch. Located in historic Ybor City you will find a hidden gem called Carmine’s
Carmine’s has become a favorite among our customers with its casual dining experience to take the catch for them to cook. At only $8.00 a plate including one side dish its a very reasonable lunch time spot.
Don’t believe all of the rumors and social media hype. Tampa Bay is clean and teaming with fish to catch. We have local beaches in St. Petersburg and Clearwater that are clean with plenty of Hotels ready for your next visit.
Come visit Tampa Bay. You wont be disappointed!