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It's Beginning to Look a lot like Summer

Capt. Taylor Cowieson
May 8, 2018
Bradenton - Saltwater Fishing Report

The end of April and into May have been some of the best weeks of fishing this year and will continue into summer.

Clients have been staying busy with a variety of species of fish on our Bradenton and Sarasota fishing charters. Snook are making their way to the beaches and passes, trout have been biting very well with some nice 20+ inch fish in the mix, and the tarpon are starting to show in Tampa bay. The bait is getting easier to catch and pods of threadfins are in the bay and at the mouth of the rivers. I have seen some tarpon cruising the edges of the deeper grass flats and have heard of the occasional fish being hooked while trout fishing which always makes for an exhilarating surprise. The schools of tarpon should be along the beaches very soon making for a fun time targeting them as we see them roll in large numbers.

The snook have been plentiful along most mangrove shorelines and flats adjacent to the shorelines lined with potholes in the grass. The best bait has been a live pilchard. Remember that snook season is closed for the entire summer so practice catch and release as they are starting to make their way to the passes and beaches where they will spawn. When the winds are calm you can target snook along the beaches of Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island using live pilchards or a lure like a light colored Mirrolure Mirrodine. The trout have been on the deeper grass flats 4-6 ft mixed in with ladyfish, jacks, Spanish mackerel, and the occasional bluefish providing fast action and some good table fare.

There are lots of options to pick from on our fishing charters right now, if you are looking to get out on the water and make some memories give me a call at 813-220-8725 or email [email protected] to book your fishing adventure!!


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Come join Capt Taylor on a fishing adventure! We fish the waters of Sarasota bay, Tampa bay, and the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depending on the time of year there is always something good to catch in these waters which makes for a fun fishing day no matter what time of year! You will be fishing aboard our beatiful 23 ft Andros that can accommodate up to 4 anglers! to book a charter call Capt Taylor at 813-220-8725 or email [email protected]

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1014 Lanyard Ct
Bradenton, FL 34208
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