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Mixed bag in Tampa Bay

Capt. Little Jim Fesperman
August 25, 2009
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Three charters last week!

The key word was "hot, hot and more hot".

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My first charter was with Chris and his 8 year old son Collin. No snook on the beach for us this day. We did find snapper and a bunch of trout

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to keep Collin's rod bent most of the day. I really enjoy introducing or

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helping young people to learn a little about fishing and having fun catching fish.

My second charter was with Rick and Steve.

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The day started slow as the water temperature was 89° and the air temp was in the low 90's. The beach snook bite is really slowing down as we fished two different

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beach area's with no luck. We then went to my favorite near shore spot but again no luck. I finally came inside to my best low tide trout spot. The trout turned on and Steve and Rick

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had a blast catching 10 or 12 nice trout along with whiting and a couple of snapper. Not much going on right now.

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My third was with a great young man Kyle visiting from California. We had the best catching day of the week.

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No snook today either, except for a few stragglers the beach snook fishing in south Pinellas is over. Kyle had never fished in shallow salt before and came away very excited about this type of fishing. We caught trout, snapper, and whiting. Gag grouper, cobia along with redfish.

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What's biting! The redfish are being very elusive and not chewing very well although you can catch a few. This will change soon and they will get in very predictable patterns. The snapper are everywhere and I do mean everywhere. Lots of small trout with some big fat females show up in the areas with current. Snook are in transition from the beach to the islands and canals. The bonus fish this week is "needle fish". I have never seen so many needle fish killing my baits as I have this year,{%image_id=11586%

Captain Little Jim Fesperman

Tampa Bay Fishing Forecast:

Fishing will remain slow except for Snapper in the coming weeks as very hot late August and early September weather is upon us. However, the Red's and Snook should settle in to their old haunts for the next severl months and action should get good.

Target Species:

Redfish and Snook and Cobia

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Captain Little Jim is a professional full-time Guide on beautiful Tampa Bay. Targeting Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon and what’s biting today. Fishing the flats of the bay means never a sea sick customer. Captain Little Jim will put his 50 years of fishing Tampa Bay to work helping you catch fish. His charters are instructional and most of all fun for the young people to the not so young. The fish are biting “Let’s go fishing.

Contact Info:

Hook Setting Charters, LLC
2613 Heron Lane north
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: 727-515-8196
Alt. Phone: 727-515-3689
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