Fishing over the last few weeks has been getting better and better as the water begins to cool down. We are now seeing temperatures in the mid to low 80s. The reports of schools of red fish are very good right now. Fish are consistently being caught around Fort Desoto and the entire south shore of Tampa Bay.
The Spanish mackerel have shown up around the Skyway Bridge in good numbers with reports of 3 to 6 lb fish being caught.
Also, around the Skyway the tarpon bite has been good. The tarpon are spread out from the mouth of Tampa Bay and the beaches all the way up to Old Tampa Bay. We have seen some large fish in front of Safety Harbor.
The snook bite is really starting to heat up. Slot snook are being caught in there transitional places as the move into the back country. I look for the snook fishing to be very good for the next few months.
The trout bite in upper Tampa Bay has been very good. This trout was caught while throwing MirrOdines to lady fish.
Gag grouper season is now open. I look for October to be a very good grouper month in Tampa Bay.
The white bait is getting bigger and you are able to now sight cast over the schools on the grass flats and around the bridges. It has been a long and hard bait summer. I am very thankful that the bait is getting bigger and easier to catch. Fall fishing is here!