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Snook Reds and Tarpon

Capt. Troy Mainzer
June 10, 2014
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hey guys, flats fishing is awesome right now! I have been doing a few tarpon trips as well and they are also biting. On the flats the snook and reds have been consistent. A lot of reds in the slot and if you are looking for overslot ones I have seen some schools of 30+ inchers so we can target those if you'd like. Snook fishing has also been real good on the flats and the beaches. We hooked one snook the other day that was well over the 40 inch mark. It was the biggest snook ever hooked on my boat. This thing took and 50+ yard run out on the flats in a matter of seconds and then we got him turned around and coming towards the boat. He turned and made another run and his lips wore through the leader...bummer.

A few days ago I had a 14 year old kid and his dad on the boat looking to catch some redfish and that's exactly what they did. We had double hookups for the first hour and a half of the charter and they wore out the reds. They were able to keep two for themselves as well. After tearing up the redfish I put 14 year old Ben on a nice snook and then we went and caught some nice trout between 15-20 inches. All this action in just a 4 hour half day trip. We also sight fished for some bull reds in skinny water but unfortunately they weren't eating what we had to offer. They sent me some pics from the charter which are attached below. I love taking kids out and seeing how quickly they become addicted to catching fish. It makes my job really rewarding.

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Tarpon fishing is still great. The fish have been moving around and right now the beach is loaded. I have been fishing from Longboat all the way up to the Don Cesar and there are fish everywhere. Early in the morning is the best time for these tarpon before the sun gets too high. I usually look for them rolling or daisy chaining and then we will ease up on them with the trolling motor and make casts. Now is your best shot of the year at hooking a tarpon so give me a call if you want in on the action!! It's a great time.

My email is totallyriggedfishing@gmail.com and my cell is 813-293-4750 so give me a call if you are interested in a charter. I have a couple openings next week and a day left this week so let's get out fishing!

Captain Troy Mainzer

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Tampa, FL 33618
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