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Tampa Bay - Saltwater

Capt. Matt Ercoli
November 9, 2001
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Brrrrrrrrrrr! The last few days makes it feel like winter is on the way, even though this is Florida and only the beginning of November, perhaps I am jumping to conclusions. The temperature is supposed to reach mid 70 today, so how much complaining can I do? The cool weather has dropped the water temperature a bit, I had 67 degrees in the morning when we first started fishing at eight o?clock. By three in the afternoon I found water temps on the flats of 74 degrees, perfect for snook, especially the larger ones. Although the snook fishing has been slow the past couple of days due to a high-pressure front, as a whole fishing has been fair despite two weeks of 20mph east winds.

The wind seems to have subsided now and I know the snook are hungry. Over the last couple of days all the snook caught had extremely shrunken stomachs. They have to eat, especially as they prepare for winter. Soon as the weather turns just a little bit nicer I think fishing is going to explode.

As for red fish they have held strong, not as consistent as the snook fishing but then they rarely are. Most reds continue to be perfect slot fish around 23 to 27 inches. Red fishing looks promising for the winter too, it held up this long and I can?t see why this winter wouldn?t be the same.

Trout, although out of season now are loving this cooler weather. The big ones are on the bite, as a matter of fact we boated one over 27 inches last week. Like red fish trout are much more tolerable of a fast drop in water temperature and many times it may actually trigger a bite.

The flounder have been bonuses lately on the flats, we have been catching keepers everyday and a few are up to and even exceeding 20 inches. That?s some darn good eating.

Well there is not a cloud in the sky, little wind, perfect temperature and I have the day off. The conditions couldn?t be better for a day of scouting from the height of my tower boat. I think I?m going out there for a few hours and see what I can find!

Good fishing, catch you on the water. Captain Matt Ercoli

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Offering half to full day flats fishing charters aboard his custom 24' Sheaffer flats/tower boat. Fishing the backwater flats from Tampa to Sarasota Bays, Capt. Matt Ercoli has the knowledge and personality to ensure that you have a great fishing experience. Providing both inshore flats fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish, trout and offshore fishing for permit, kingfish, bonita, grouper or shark. Capt. Matt accommodates both lite tackle and fly fishermen.

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