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Fishing Reports by Capt. Rick Gross


2017-09-27
7:47 AM

Fall Fishing - Fishing has been great since hurricane Irma blew threw. Water temps are down and the flats and bay are on fire with hungry predators. It is going off right now and should get even better on into the fall!!! October and early November is my favori more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Anna Maria


2017-02-13
6:05 AM

Springtime all the time - It seems that springtime is all the time this year. Bait fish never left the flats and there was no real winter pattern to speak of. That being said the fishing is great. Sheepshead are on just about any structure you can find. The bay reefs are on f more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Anna Maria


2016-02-06
1:01 PM

February Fishing 2016 - Winter time in Florida means it is sheepshead time. The striped convicts are in full blown spawning mode. This makes for some great fishing around the many passes and reefs both in Tampa Bay and on the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimp, sand fleas, fiddler crab more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay


2015-10-21
10:08 AM

2015 Fall Fishing Report - It's my favorite time of year to be on the water. There is not as much boat traffic and the fish are feeding. Water temperatures are getting in tho the mid 70's which is the magic number. October and November are transition months. Fish are migra more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay


2015-08-21
11:53 AM

Late Summertime - Summer might be winding down but the fishing is picking up. Mangrove Snapper have been great all summer and the fish are getting bigger! Structure is key in this fishery from wrecks and reefs to bridges and docks. Just about every piece has snapper o more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay


2015-07-17
9:37 AM

Mid July August Fishing - If you can stand the heat the fishing is great. Mangrove Snapper are just about everywhere right now. They are after the new hatch bait that is all over the bay during summer. Any type of structure has snapper on it. I have even caught some nice Mang more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay


2015-05-24
2:48 PM

Tarpon, Permit, Snook Oh My! - Some of the best fishing of the year is upon us. Tarpon on the beaches and in the passes. Permit on the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Snook schooling getting ready for the spawn. Trout on the deeper grass in good numbers. Reds on the flats and oyster b more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay


2015-04-25
11:20 AM

April, May 2015 - Fishing just dose not get much better in our area of lower Tampa Bay. Just about everything that swims is in a feeding mood. Snook have really made a good come back since the freeze of 2010. Trout also are in great numbers and are the go to fish for more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay


2015-03-19
6:19 AM

Spring Fishing - Spring is here in the Bradenton, Sarasota area. The fishing is on fire. Water temps are in the magic mid seventies. And just about everything that swims is on the hunt for something to eat. The peak spawn for Sheepshead is just about over. Lots of ni more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay


2015-02-22
3:20 PM

Almost Spring - It has been a very challenging February to say the least. Colder than normal temperatures and lots of rainy windy days. Despite the conditions fishing has been quite good. On the few nice days when I got out to the reefs we found the Sheepshead bite more...
Capt. Rick Gross - Tampa Bay

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