Mangrove Snapper Madness _ Tampa Bay
Capt. John Rivers
August 19, 2019
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
Summertime Fishing in Tampa Bay
August is usually a very warm month to say the least in Tampa, and I am usually done with my charters by 12:00 or 1pm at the latest to avoid the beating rays of the sun. However, for the last eight days, we've seen very little sunshine; mostly rain, rain, and more rain. It's made it more difficult to get out on the water. It should clear up soon, and then we'll complain about the heat again. When I am able to get out, I have been targeting Mangrove Snapper quite a bit. July, August, and September are typically great months for these tasty fish, and they are are open year round, so if you want to take home some fillets for dinner, you are allowed 5 per person the smallest being 10", see FWC website for up to date regulations. www.myfwc.com
If the tide is ripping too fast at the start of our trip, I'll target Snook and reds first, and then wait till the tide slows down and then well go after Mangos.
August is a tough month to fish the back country in Tampa Bay, either due to hot water temps or slow tidal flow. That's why I target Mangrove Snapper a lot in August, and when I target Snook I'll make sure I have good water movement and as clean water as I can find. Red fishing for me again has been hit and miss, because red fish move around more than other fish do. As September shows up and the water starts to cool down late September and October, the fall redfish will start to show up and that's when the red fishing will start to pick up. If you have the urge to come down for some great fishing opportunities, book now for fall and early winter, because it will be worth the trip.
Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.
Rivers to Bay Fishing Charters
Sincerely, Capt. John Rivers
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