April Fishing Charter Report- Clearwater Beach/ Tampa Bay

April has started out with great weather and great fishing! Inshore the Snook and Redfish bite has been awesome, and the bait is finally getting easier. As the days get warmer the fish are getting more active, and are really feeding heavily.

Snook fishing has been awesome with some really nice fish being caught over the past week. There has been good numbers of smaller fish between 20-25”, but we also caught a fair share of fish over the slot limit with the biggest being 42”. The snook population has come back strong, and there are a good number of fish about 1/2” short of the slot limit. Live sardine free lined have been the baits of choice. Snook have been just about everywhere lately, but as summer approaches they will be heading towards the beaches, and passes to spawn. Snook season will run until April 30th.

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Redfish has also been abundant and a lot of the fish we have caught lately have been range between 25-32”. Live sardines and fresh dead bait have both been producing, but the live sardines have defiantly are the go to choice right now. Free line baits have been producing better than ones fished under a cork. Look for the schools of Redfish to get better as the month goes on. Look for the reds to be hanging with the mullet schools, up under the mangroves on the higher water.

 

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Nearshore there are a few mackerel showing up, and the stray Kingfish. Reports of the Kingfish haven’t been strong as of lately, as the large schools of bait just haven’t arrived in our area yet. One of the first major Kingfish tournaments in our area the SunCoast Kingfish Classic is this weekend out of John’s pass so the results should be a sign of things to come.

Tight lines,

Capt.Jared Simonetti

727-831-0111

www.captjared.com

March Fishing Report Clearwater, Tampa, St.Pete

March is finally here and so is the warm weather!! Fishing is also getting warmer by the day throughout all of the Tampa, Clearwater, and St.Pete! Trout, Redfish, Snook, and Sheepshead are all being caught. In the next couple of weeks bait will be showing back up and fishing will be Epic!

Trout fishing in both the Clearwater harbor and in Old Tampa Bay, has yielded good number of trout for the past two months. Live select shrimp has still been the bait of choice, but jigs are also working just as effectively. Live sardines are slowing starting to show up and if you can get them, the trout can’t resit them. Most of the trout being caught lately have been mid slot size, and make great table fair.

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Redfish schools are starting to push their way into the Clearwater and St.Pete area, and the bigger numbers of fish should be showing up any day now. The size of the fish is also improving. I been still been catching a bunch of lower slot reds, but there are some over slots are making their way into the mix. Live shrimp, pinfish, and cut bait have all been working. Gold spoons and soft plastic scented baits are also a good option.

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Snook season is now open! Snook are finally starting to come out of the backwater creeks, canals, bayous and rivers and should start to turn on once the water reaches the low 70’s any-day now. Snook are being caught on occasion right now, but over the next week or two that will be changing big time! Jigs and suspending twitch baits are producing for anglers fishing in the backwater areas. Live Jumbo shrimp will also work, but if you have sardines the Snook won’t think twice, as they haven’t seen them in months. Remeber snook season is open and will run until April 30th. Slot size is 28”-33”.

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Sheepshead fishing has been on awesome over the past two weeks with plenty of big spawning size fish around. Docks, rock piles, brigde pillings, reefs, and just about any structure will hold sheepshead. Live shrimp or fiddler crabs on a small J hook have been working well, and even fresh dead shrimp will work. The slot limit is 12″ and 15 per. person. Sheepshead do also make great table fair!

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Tight lines,

Capt.Jared Simonetti

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simonetti_jared@yahoo.com

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February 2016 Fishing Charter Report – Clearwater beach/ Tampa Bay

February has been windy to say the least but I have still been available to get out and fish, and the fishing hasn’t been easy but we are still bending the rods and wetting the lines, and for most of my anglers this is all it is about!! Sheepshead, black drum, Redfish, trout, pompano, silver trout, lady fish, and jacks have made for a nice variety this month and we just never know what we are gonna catch! Fishing this time of years requires making adjustments quickly as the weather has been the determining factor most days to where you can and can’t fish. As of lately I have been all over fishing both the power plants, the ICW, and the Rivers trying to avoid the wind, while staying on a decent bite.

The Inter-coastal waterways runs from the whole length of Pinellas county, and it is the perfect place to fish during the winter for trout, redfish, sheephead, and black drum. The ICW is great because it offers protection for the wind, and there are plenty of docks to fish. Trout fishing was good but not outstanding this to dirty water conditions, and the amount of pressure they are getting, but we are still catching some quality fish! The Redfish bite has seemed to pick up over the last week with some nice mid slot fish being caught! Dock fishing has been producing good numbers of reds, sheepshead, and black drum, but there has also been a good number of redfish on the flats as well. Live shrimp free-line or with a small weight is the rig of choice.

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Power plants can be “HOT” spots this time of year for a wide variety of species such as Cobia, Sharks, Pompano, Permit, Jacks, Ladyfish, and the list goes on.. I was able to get over and fish the Big Bend power plant last week and it wasn’t too productive on my trip, but that’s fishing. Reports from other captains a few days prior reported fair action on the species above. On another Trip this week I went north to the Anclote power plant and was able to catch a few Trout and Jacks along with a boat load of Ladyfish which provided my anglers with plenty of action for there first saltwater outing! Water temps were about 10 degrees higher at both the Power plants outflows channels compared to the flats surrounding them.

 

I was also able to fish in the Anclote River, Palm River, and Hillsbrough river this month as well, and they both provided consistent action on Redfish, Sheepshead, and Black Drum fishing the deeper holes in the rivers, and along the docks. Live Shrimp with a small split shot or rigged on a jighead will get the job done. Wintertime low tides will help with finding some of these deeper areas, and will also help concentrate the fish as well.

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While fishing isn’t epic this time of year due to the consistently changing weather, there are still fish too catch and days when it is good, and others that are just nice to get out and go fishing! Spring is is around the corner and we will be back to the days we all dream of in no time! Until then this is a great time to get your tackle ready, your trips booked, and chores done so that when Spring is here you are READY!! Also if you want to get in on some Tarpon Fishing this year now is the time to start booking your trips as good Tarpon guides book up fast, So don’t wait!

Tight lines,

Capt. Jared

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Mid Jan. Fishing Charter Report – Tampa- Clearwater

Mid Jan. Fishing report 2016 Tamp bay- Clearwater

January’s weather hasn’t been the best, but that hasn’t stopped the fishing! Black Drum, sheepshead, Redfish, and Trout have all been caught regularly over the last two weeks. Live shrimp and artificial jigs have both been key to success.

Black drum and Sheepshead fishing around the residential docks in both Tampa bay and Clearwater harbor has provided consistent action. Most of the black drum have been 14-28” and can provide fair table fair. Live shrimp on a light jig head has been working well. Legal size limit on the drum is 14”-24” with on fish over 24” and 5 per. Person. Sheepshead have have also been in the mix and the size of the fish are getting bigger each day. Sheepshead have to be 12” , and there is a 15 fish bag limit per person.

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Redfish have been caught in fair number over the past two weeks while working docks with shrimp, but most of them have been smaller in size being just under legal size around 17” with a few lower slot fish mixed in. Look for the redfish to be hanging around oyster bars, docks, and shallow sand flats.

Trout have really moved in good with the last few cold fronts, and there has been some nice sized fish being caught between 18-22”. Artificial jigs have been out producing everything else over the past week, live shrimp did produce a few fish as well as sardines, but 5 “soft plastic jerks baits darker in color rigged with a light lead head did the best. I expect the trout fishing to remain consistent for the reminder of the month. Larger “Gator” trout will also be up in the shallows this time of year and can make for some exciting sight casting opportunity as well!

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Tight lines,

Capt. Jared

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January Fishing Charter Report 2016 Tampa, Clearwater, St.Pete

2015 came to a close for me with a solid week of inshore fishing, closing out the year strong! I am very thankful for all the support I have received from friends, family, clients, forums members, and the list goes on, I couldn’t do it with out the help of everyone around me, SO THANKS EVERYONE!!! Now back to the fishing..

Winter has arrived, but water temps haven’t dropped yet, but it has caused the fishing to be different for this time of year forcing me to make changes to stay productive. Trout fishing has been the main focus as they have been most active, but surprisingly Snook are still be caught, and they have been caught in some places they shouldn’t be for this time of year..

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Snook fishing has still been productive as of the end of the year, but we might see that change with this weeks cold front. Prior to the front the Snook were being caught in the rivers, creeks, outside flats, and spoil islands. Live sardines have been the go-to bait, which still have been in abundance, and have made for some good Snook fishing trips producing 50+ fish. Most of the Snook have been smaller fish in the 18-24” range, but some nice fish in the mid 30” range have been caught within the past week. If the water temps remain above the 70deg. mark Snook fishing will remain active.

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Trout have been the main focus for the past two weeks or so with the cooler air temps, and the lack of Redfish. Most of the trout have been slot size fish in the 16-17” range. Live sardines have been the bait of choice with the higher water temps, but I expect that to change in the next week or two with the approaching fronts cooling the water, and forcing the sardines out of the area and the shrimp and jig bite to turn on. Look for the trout to be holding over sandy/ rocky bottoms this time of year.

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Kingfish and mackerel have still been reported in the area by many anglers in the area, sheepshead and black drum fishing around the docks will also be turning on in the coming weeks along with silver trout off the beaches as the temps drop..

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Tight lines,

Capt. Jared

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December Fishing charter Report 2015- Clearwater – Tampa

December has began, and the weather has been outstanding! The fishing has also been great with plenty of trout, redfish and snook being caught inshore, and near shore kingfish, mackerel, and triple tail have all been readily available. Hopefully this great weather and fishing will continue throughout the month!

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Inshore the trout fishing has really started to heat up, and limits of trout are being caught on most trips. Soft plastic jerk baits and live sardines free-lined, have been producing plenty of fish ranging between 14.5”-18” I haven’t seen too many big breeder trout yet, but I expect as the cold fronts to roll in so will they. Snook season is now closed, but there is till plenty of Snook being caught. I am still finding Snook on the flats, as well as in the backs of the rivers and canals. Redfish have still been plentiful out on the flats, and there are still a few areas holding schools of redfish. Gold spoons, paddle tail jigs, live sardines and shrimp are all working. Look for the redfish to be hanging out with the mullet schools and also along the oyster bars at high tide. Bait has still been on most of the grass flats in Tampa bay and it has been perfect size!

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Near shore the Kingfish, mackerel, and Triple tail have been hanging around. I have been targeting depths 15′-40′ around live bottom that is holding large schools of bait. Once in the area I will sabaki a few dozen baits and begin trolling, if the area has no bait or birds I continue on till they are found. Most of the King fish have been schoolie size, but they are great on light tackle! Also keep an eye out for triple tail as they have been on the crabs buoys. Live shrimp always works, but a plastic shrimp or small bucktail is hard for them to refuse. Water temp was 71.9 on 11/30 off clearwater beach.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Jared

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Tampa Bay – Clearwater Beach Fishing Charter Report November 2015

November started out for me in Venice, Louisiana fishing for Giant redfish for a week were we caught hundreds of them using topwaters, popping corks, and flies! Once I got back I didn’t have too many trips, but that didn’t mean I didn’t fish! I was able to get out a few times near shore to look for mackerel, Kingfish, and Triple tail, and over the past week I ran some inshore trips for snook, trout, and redfish the bite has been steady, and should improve with the coming cold fronts.

Venice, La is a place every fisherman should visit! It is know as Tuna town USA, but it is also know for the world class red fishing and it didn’t disappoint for the second year in a row! We arrived on 1st and fished until 7th. We towed my 23′ dorado along with a buddies 23′ Cayon bay boat which took use about 13 hrs to get to the end of road, and Venice Marina which would be home for the next week. We stayed in the cabins at the Marina which are okay, and the cost is $150 a night. The first two days the water was dirty making it hard to locate the big schools of shad we were looking for, but on the third day the winds died and water cleared up making for some Epic fishing. We caught 110 bull redfish between the three of use on my boat, and by the forth day we took the hooks off the topwaters and just let them eat!! I was also able to get a few on poppers flies which was outstanding, as well getting some sick photos and videos. One of the days we ran out to the oil rigs where we caught amber jack, American red snapper and a few lane snapper using vertical jigs, and live mullet. By the end of the trip I we caught over 700 Giant Redfish and I could hardly reel another one in!! I’m already looking for to next years trip, and I recommend for every serious fisherman or hunter to make at least one visit to Sportsman’s Paradise.

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Snook Fishing has been good, but it seems like the fish cant decide where they want to be with the current weather we are having. Some of the fish are going into the rivers, creeks, and bayous, but some fish have still been hanging on the outside flats still. Live sardines fished either under a cork or free-lined a both working depending on the situation. I expect within the next week most of the fish to move into there wintering areas with the next set of cold fronts.

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Redfish bite has remained good and most of the fish have been upper to over slot size fish. Live sardines rigged under a cork have been the bait of choice, and will remain the main forge until they gone. Shrimp fished on the bottom will also produce, along with soft plastic jigs.

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Trout fishing has been steadily improving over the past month or so, and it should only get better as winter approaches. Trout are starting to make there way to the shallows, as well as showing up in the creeks, rivers, and canals. Soft pastic jigs and live sardine will both work. Live sardine are the better choice currently, but the jig bite will improve as the water temps drop. Most of the trout have been 14-18”

 

Nearshore the kingfish, mackerel, and triple tail have all been readily available.  Triple tail have been on the crab buoys and floating debrey. I haven’t seen many legal fish lately, but I did get another report from a buddy that there has been some large ones to the south. Doa shrimp and small bucktail jigss seem to work every time.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Jared Simonetti

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Oct Fishing Report

Well it looks like winter is fast approaching with temps this morning in the 60’s . Fall fishing is in full effect, and the Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, and Kingfish have been in full force! Inshore fishing has been has been nothing short of outstanding and this action will only last for a few short weeks before the first major cold fronts approach.

Snook fishing has started to get real good inside of Tampa bay. The fish are starting to get concentrated in the canals, rivers, and creeks making for some of phenomenal snook fishing trips. Live sardines will be the bait of choice until they are gone for winter. Free lined baits rigged with a 1/0 hook are the rig of choice. Most of the fish have been 24-27”, but slot fish been fairly common.

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The Redfish bite continues to be outstanding! I have caught a lot of large breeder redfish this month from all the way up inside the bay, out to the shipping channel off egmount, they are absolutely everywhere. Finding the large schools of fish takes some time, patience, and but once they are located in a area they will often hold in that area for many weeks. Large live sardines have been the bait of choice now that the weather is cooling down.

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Trout fishing has started to turn on in a lot of the areas I am fishing. I am starting to catch a good number of fish on rocky outcroppings, oyster beds and shallow flats when fishing for reds. Typically I found the trout in these areas all winter long. Most of the trout have been 17”-19” and have been taken using a small live sardine under a float.

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Mackerel fishing has been excellent around the Skyway bridge, and along the near shore wrecks. The fall mackerel run is defiantly in full swing, and the kings aren’t far behind. In the south part of the county I caught plenty of big macks along a few kings near the Skyway and out in the channel around markers 7 and 8. In the north off Dunedin I caught plenty of nice macks, but no kings on either Dunedin reef or veterans. It shouldn’t be long till the kings are everywhere, especially with this drop in temps this week.

Tight lines,

Capt. Jared Simonetti

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Late Sept. Tampa Bay Fishing Charter Report 2015

Mid September fishing has been outstanding just like the weather! Redfish have been the main targets on my most recent trips due to there abundance lately. Snook fishing has been good, but not outstanding, and Tarpon have still been around. For those who want to target them. Nearshore fishing is also getting good with big schools of Spanish and bonito showing up, along with triple tail and Cobia.

Redfish have been everywhere this month, and the action should only get better. Most of the Redfish I have been catching have been coming from large schools of fish that are over-slot in size. I have also been catch a few more Redfish this week mixed with the Snook and these fish have been mid to upper slot size. Live sardines have been the bait of choice, and they cant be to big for these big bruiser reds. Gold Johnson 1/4oz. spoons also got it done this week for me when I was doing some scouting.

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Snook Fishing has been good, but not outstanding this past week or so. Most of the fish have been 22-26” with a couple in the slot. I haven’t seen many slot or over slot Snook around in the areas I am targeting, but in the coming weeks as the temps drop the Snook fishing will only get better, and they should get bigger. Live sardines free lined on a 25lb leader with a 1/0 circle hook has been the standard rig of choice.

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Tarpon fishing has still been productive on Tampa Bay mostly between hours of dusk through dawn. Large tarpon have still been hanging out near the channel edges, deep flats, and around the bay bridges and are best fished with either dead baits on the bottom, or with large swim baits. Smaller juvenile tarpon have been hanging out in the rivers, deep creeks, and bayous throughout the entire Tampa bay area. When fishing for smaller tarpon small flies are hard to beat, but they are more than willing to hit soft plastic jerk baits.

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Near shore action is also starting to heat up. In the mouth of the bay large schools of Spanish mackerel and bonito have been working the channel edges near the Skyway. Triple tail and Cobia have also been hanging out on the buoys, channel markers and any other floating structure. In the next few weeks the kings should be here!

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Tight lines,

Capt. Jared Simonetti

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Sept. Fishing Charter Report Tampa Clearwater

Well September has started out with a little bit better weather and fishing than August, but it has still been wet and hot, but conditions are improving and fall fishing is right around the corner! As for now the Redfish bite has been awesome, snook fishing is getting better, and juvenile tarpon abundant! Near shore mangrove snapper, and Spanish mackerel have also been plenty.
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Redfish have evaded Tampabay, and they have stolen the show for most anglers over the past couple of weeks. When fishing for Redfish during the summer months the most common way to target them is with cut bait. When fishing with cut bait it is ideal to use the freshest bait possible as the fresh scent is key. Cut chunks into 1-2″ pieces, combined with a 2/0-3/0 circle hook and 20lb leader are the go to rigs. Most of the reds have been schooled up, and if you aren’t on the schools it is hard to catch more then a handful of reds. Look for the schools of fish to be on south shore, Ft. Desoto, Weedon island, and UTB. Stealth is key when approaching a school, use either a trolling motor or push pole, or get out and wade to get into casting distance. 
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Snook season is now open and the snook are on the move, making it tough to get a on a solid bite. Snook are in a transition phase where they are moving from the beaches to the backwaters and rivers. I have been catching a fair number of snook on the flats while fishing for reds, and also picking up a few in the backwaters and still a few on the beach. Live sardines have been the bait of choice, and live chumming will help show where they are. Remember Snook season will be open until November 30th. The size limit is 28”-33” 1 per. Person.
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Juvenile Tarpon have really made a showing recently and have been a blast to catch on light tackle and fly rods. Look for the smaller tarpon to be in small creeks, canals, and river mouths throughout the bay area. Small poppers and weedless jerk baits have been working well during dawn and dusk hours. Live bait will also produce strikes especially later in the day. 
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Nearshore the mangrove snapper fishing has remained consistent. Most of the snapper I have been catching have been 12-16”, and they are plentiful!When snapper fishing I like to either free-line or use a knocker rig depending on the tide. A small circle either 1# or 1/0 in size. Live shrimp or small white bait has been the bait of choice. Look for the snapper to be around the bay bridges, and along the nearshore reefs. Spanish mackerel have also been abundant in both the bay and the gulf waters. In the bay look for the cleaner water down around the G cut, birds are also a key indicator of where the mackerel will be. In the gulf I found plenty of macks from St. Pete reef – Dunedin Reef. Mackerel fishing should only get better as the month progresses.
Tight lines,
Capt. Jared
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June Fishing Report & Homosassa Scallop Charters

Late June fishing report for Tampa Bay and Homosassa Scalloping Charters

June is Tarpon season in Tampa Bay, Fl and that’s what we have been focused on as of lately. Tarpon fishing at the mouth of bay has been outstanding, but it is coming to a close for most. Fishing along the beaches from Clearwater pass to Boca Grande Pass has been good, as well as inside of Tampabay. Snook fishing has also been good around the passes and beaches. Redfish are starting to show back up in the areas I am fishing, and Sharks and black drum have also viable targets. Scallop season also starts this month.

Tarpon fishing started strong off strong during the first week of June, but tapered of as the month progressed. We were still able to get on a few fish every day, but it hasn’t been as easy. The fish have spawned for the most part, and are moving back into the passes, beaches, and into the bays. Tarpon fishing will remain productive until October. Fishing with artificial’s will get better as the fish will become more aggressive, but live bait still will be the best option for most anglers.

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Mark with only of many Tarpon he caught while on a Tamp bay Tarpon fishing charter!

Inshore Snook, Redfish, Mackerel, and Snapper have been keeping the lines tight for the anglers that haven’t wanted to tangle with the Silver king. Red fishing has seemed to be improving in the areas of the bay that I have been fishing and most of the fish have been over slot, cut bait has been the most effective with the heat. Snook fishing in the passes and along the beaches has been good. Live pinfish, grunts, sardines, and bucktail jigs will all produce fish. Snapper and mackerel are also been making a showing on almost every trip inside of Tampa bay.

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Double header nice Snook and sold Redfish while on a morning fishing charter in Tampa, Fl

For anglers looking to tangle with a some larger fish the sharks and black drum have been the go to species. Sharks have been everywhere lately and they have been all sizes from 18” to 18′. Most of the sharks we have been targeting are black tips in the 3-5′ range. Sharks are not only a great fight, but they are also awesome to eat. Around the bay bridges black drum have showed up and they can’t resist half a blue crab on the bottom, most fish are ranging 25-50lbs.

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S!!hark fishing is hot in Tampa bay!

Scallop Season Starts this month! If you haven’t been scalloping I highly recommend giving it a try. Scalloping is a great family activity, and a great way to avoid the heat while enjoy the water and catching dinner. Scalloping can be done from Pasco county north. All you need is a dive flag, snorkel, mask, fins and a mesh bag. Scalloping typically is done in water 3-8′ depth of water over the grass beds. The limit is 2 gallons per person, and 10 gallons per vessel. If you would like to give it a try I will be running Scalloping charters out of Homosassa, Fl for the entire season starting in July, So give me a call and lets go scalloping!

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Limit of Homosassa Scallops while on a scalloping charter!

Tight lines,

Capt. Jared

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May Fishing Report

May Fishing has been Awesome. I haven’t had much time to write reports has most of my time has been spent Tarpon Fishing, and the Tarpon bite has been really good! Snook and Redfish are still providing consistent action as well, and  Black Drum, Pompano, and Snapper have also been viable targets around the bay bridges.

Tarpon fishing has been my main focus as of the beginning of May. Tarpon have been abundant on the gulf beaches from Clearwater beach south. The major pass around the mouth of Tampa Bay have been holding large numbers of fish, especially around the New and Full moon. Live crabs, threadfin herring, and large sardines have been the baits of choices. Free-lined baits or baits fished under corks with 5-6′ of 60-80 lb. Leader rigged with a 5/0 hook has been the rig of choice. Look for fish to been cruising the beaches early in the morning before the sea breeze picks up. Tarpon Fishing will remain outstanding throughout the summer. I still have a few days left open in June if you want to get in on the action!

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Snook fishing has been good from the backwaters to the beaches. Most of the Snook have pushed out of the backwaters and have made their way into the passes or along the gulf beaches. Most of the Snook in these areas have been bigger fish between 25-35”. Live pinfish, grunts, and sardines are the baits of choice in these areas fished either free-lined or with a small weight on the bottom. Bucktail jigs and suspending jerkbaits such as bombers or Yo-zuri’s will also produce good numbers of fish. Snook fishing is best either early in the morning or in the evening as the water isn’t as hot. Look for the action to peak around the new and full moon when the tides are stronger.
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Redfish have been around and there has been a few schools of large over-slot fish. Most of the fish have been around the south shore area out to the mouth of the bay. Cut bait has been the bait of choice for me. Cut thredfin, pinfish, or ladyfish are working the best. Fishes these baits on a 2/0 circle hook and a 20lb leader in and around the mullet schools for your best shot a big red!

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Around the bay bridges black drum have shown up along with Pompano and mangrove snapper. Jigging pompano jigs around the pillings will produce both Pompano and black drum, but for a sure fire way to get a big black drum it is hard to beat half a blue crab on the bottom. Snapper have also been around the pillings and are will to take small white baits or live shrimp. Use a small knocker rig with a #1 hook when snapper fishing. The bridge fishing will only get better as it gets hotter.

Capt. Jared Simonetti

727-831-0111
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