Boy the summer is getting hot and the fishing could not be hotter! If you have not booked a trip with Extremeflatsfishing.com your local Tampa Bay Fishing Charter you are missing out on all of the action. We have caught Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Trout all here on the Tampa Bay this week. Our Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing is still in full swing. With early morning hook ups jumping as many as four Tampa Bay Tarpon on a good day last week, but on average we have been jumping a fish per trip. We have been fishing the Sky Way Bridge primarly hooking up using live Menhaden anchoring up current to the bridge. The Skyway holds some of the largest Tarpon in the Tampa Bay area and when they hit you know it! Screaming drag and bending rods! I am not sure if there is anything more exciting than 50lb test screaming off a reel!
This week we have also caught Snook in great numbers in and along the Mangroves of the Terra Cia Bay and Anna Maria Island while free lining white bait. This is really a great experience if you have never done it. Throwing live pilchards into a school of Snook and they have been really lighting it up! Once you see a fish blow up throw your free lined white bait into the boil and its fish on! We have caught a great number of Snook this week using this method and 3 quality Snook over 30” on Monday the 9th of June. It seems that our Tampa Bay Backwater Snook are bunkering down in the usual spots for the summer and we are all over them! To me there is nothing better than light tackle Snook fishing battling one of Tampa Bay’s top shallow water sportsfish.
What a come back! Just a few years ago red tide put a big hurt on our Trout fishing and we are showing signs of a great return. We have been catching Trout everywhere we have wet a hook this week, and I mean good Trout up to 26 inches. We have fished Terra Cia Bay, Anna Maria Island, and Lower Tampa Bay and have been successful catching Trout while fishing for Snook and Tarpon. Monday the 9th of June we were fishing the Tampa Bay in one of my usual Tarpon spots and could not keep the Trout off the line. Here we are fishing with 50lb test Tarpon fishing and hooking up on 20” trout. I looked at my client Jim and said lets drop down to the light tackle and we had a blast. We caught in the ball park of 15 Trout up to 26".
This week we have been so busy catching Tarpon, Trout, and Snook we have spent little time fishing for Redfish; although we have still mixed in a few Snook fishing.
Extremeflatsfishing.com fishes the Lower Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, Terra Cia Bay, Bradenton, Palmetto, St Petersburg Beach and the Manatee River targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon!
Welcome to fishing PARADISE!!! I am Captain Wayne Johnson a local native of Palmetto, Florida with more than 20 years experience fishing the Tampa Bay area and I have not seen fishing this hot in some time. Don’t let the heat get you down and pass on the opportunity to catch your next trophy fish! Come with Captain Wayne and fish our beautiful waters of the Lower Tampa Bay which is one of the most beautiful and productive fishing hot spots in the state of Florida. With its beautiful backwaters, mangrove lines, and grass flats it definitely needs to be at the top of any fisherman’s hit list. Don’t pass up the opportunity of a life time to fish our beautiful back waters of the Tampa Bay targeting Snook, Redfish, and Tarpon.
Our Tampa Bay Tarpon have been the story this week. We have caught several Tarpon live bait fishing in local residential communities in the Bradenton and Palmetto areas. Most of the fish have been up 30 lbs which is a blast on light tackle and 12 lb test line. These fish make amazing acrobatic jumps and strip line of a reel like you have never seen! This is a must see for any fisherman!
The Tampa Bay Snook fishing has not missed a beat. We have been free lining white bait along Mangrove Lines and passes with lots of success. Most of the Snook that we have caught have been in the 25 to 30 inch range and in good numbers. We have been fishing the Terra Cia Bay, Miguel Bay, down to Anna Maria Island with a lot of success.
September 1st Snook season opens and you don’t want to miss out on the heart pounding action of a local Tampa Bay Snook stripping drag and bending your rod!
We have not targeted our Tampa Bay Redfish this week.
Trip of the week
What an incredible day fishing on the Tampa Bay! I picked up my client at sunrise at the local ramp in Palmetto, Florida on this picture perfect morning. We headed out to the Tampa Bay to the ole bait hole. On the way out we were trying to decide what we wanted to target on a beautiful morning like this, we could run anywhere. We thought we should target Snook and Redfish in Terra Cia Bay or Miguel Bay, or even Snapper and Grouper in the Tampa Bay. Once we got to the ole bait hole we loaded up the well with white bait with one throw of the net. Barry looked at me and said are we ready, my reply was no man we need more bait. He looks at me and says how many fish are looking to catch. My reply was a lot! I am going to wear you out today! And he chuckles with a crazy stare. So I convinced him to let me make a couple more throws and we were really loaded up. I told Barry that we where here we may as well fish the Tampa Bay for some Snapper and Grouper. The tide had started to slack and it didn’t feel right. Then I mentioned to Barry that I had a little spot that we could go and pick on some Backwater Tarpon down in Bradenton and he was game. So we headed up the Manatee River to my honey hole. We anchored up and on my first white bait casted we hooked up in a matter of minutes on a 40+ pound Tarpon. I handed the rod off to Barry and he had a battle on his hands with 12 lb test line and light tackle. Once Barry got a couple of jumps out the beast he finally thought he had tamed him then he broke off at the side of the boat.
Tampa Bay Fishing Charters
Welcome to paradise! The Tampa Bay is one of the most beautiful and productive fishing locations in the state of Florida. With its beautiful backwaters, mangrove lines, and grass flats it definitely needs to be a must see for any fisherman. Don’t pass up the opportunity of a life time to fish our beautiful waters targeting Snook, Redfish, and Tarpon.
Tampa Bay Redfish have been the story this week. We have been caught several Bull Red’s in Egg Mont channel anchored up Tarpon fishing. Most of these fish have been over the slot and up to 40 inches. It is truly a blast hooking up on a big Red, with the drag screaming and the rod bent with plenty of open water to fish the fish on light tackle.
The Tampa Bay Snook fishing is not missed a beat.
We have been fishing the mangrove lines free lining shiners and the bite has been on. We caught several nice fish this week and it seems when the bite slows down all you need to do is toss a hand full of chumers and the action picks right back up. You also don’t want to miss out on the heart pounding action of a Snook stripping drag and bending your rod!
We have targeted our Tampa Bay Tarpon this week with little success. We have seen several Tarpon roll thru with nothing but a passing by.
The trip of the week was with the Flournoy’s a father and son duo. We set off at 8:00am for a little late day Tarpon fishing and we decided to head to the pass. We set anchor in approx. 30’ of water with a nice tide moving we had the expectation of hooking up with the Silver King. The action was a bit slow at the beginning and then our first fish was on without a break at the surface but a big fish at the end of the line. This fish was screaming drag and taking names. After the battle we got the fish to the side of the boat and it was a 40” Redfish. We hooked up with several other nice Red’s but the big high five was the Scotty’s monster Red.