Capt. Little Jim Fesperman
September 27, 2011
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
South Pinellas fishing report for last week. Great news for us was that the hurricane missed Florida but bad news was it caused havoc to our northern neighbors.
We were on the water two day prior to the storms wind shutting us for several days. Luckily I only had to cancel two night charters one Saturday and one Monday. Bait was a challenge as it has been all summer however we were able to net 2 to 300 very small threadfins. While this is the first time I've ever used threadfins this small, it was the hatch and we have always said "fish the bait the fish are feeding on" so we fished them. They were impossible to throw very far or into the stiff breeze but we made them work and the fish eagerly ate them, even the dead ones. Fished with Larry and Paul from NY on Tuesday and a Jay and his son Jay fishing with me on Wednesday. On Tuesday we were able to get a six redfish to eat cut ladyfish between 24" and 32" along with a few nice slot trout. The redfish are beginning to school up on the flats in schools of 25 to 50 fish and this fishery should get "red hot" in September and October. This means the biggest and best red fishing of the year.
On Wednesday the bite was much tougher as we worked hard to get a dozen or so nice trout, and several flounder to bite. However, our strings were pulled tight with a trash can slam. At times we could not keep the dogfish, catfish, lizard fish, ladyfish and jacks off young Jay's line. Altogether, not too bad considering we had a storm passing our east coast and the wind began picking up as the day progressed.
Next week I have three night charters booked and if we can dodge the storms I expect a much more productive fishing report to follow.
Captain Little Jim Fesperman
Tampa Bay Fishing Forecast:
Great Mac and King fishing along with outstanding bull Redfish in the next month. don't forget the Trout and Grouper will chew anything put in front of them.
Reds, Mac's, Kings, Trout and Grouper
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