Everything is Chewing!
Capt. Trajan Rodriguez
May 25, 2017
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
The bite in Tampa Bay right now is absolutely on fire. We have been consistently catching snook, reds, cobia, and trout. White bait is on the majority of the flats and has been easiest to get during low light.
Schools of redfish are still around and they are eating well on the late afternoon outgoing tides. Chumming with live baits, or dead sticking cut layfish has both been extremely effective.
The big snook are all over the bay but seem to eating better in the evenings and mornings. The fish are starting to show up to the beaches to spawn where they will feast on grunts, whiting, and mullet.
Cobia have invaded the flats of Tampa Bay. The cobia have been in the 8-25 pound range. They are hanging around the big rays and manatees. Two days ago we lost a 50 pound class cobia at the boat, dont forget your gaff!
Its tarpon time! A lot of fish pushed in on the last moon but we are expecting many more. Running the beaches in the morning with crabs has proved to be effective. Live threadfins have also worked well on the incoming tides. Try and land these fish quick to maximize the chances of a safe release and avoiding the tax man.
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