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Tampa Bay - Saltwater

Capt. Matt Ercoli
December 29, 2001
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Happy New Years all, I hope you had a nice Christmas. Well the last few days the weather has been much more the seasonal norm. For me a relief from the heat, for others perhaps a bite chilly. Today could not have been any more beautiful, flat, calm, 65 degrees and just perfect. Too bad I had a short notice cancellation, I would loved to have been out there. Despite a frigid morning yesterday fishing could not have been any better, we boated nearly 30 snook and lost at least that many. Despite the fact that my clients insisted on using four ft noodle rods and 6 pound test line, we still managed a few keeper size fish and lost one real big one. Looking at the weather, it seems like this pattern should remain the same for sometime.

As for other fishing, I have not had many redfish this week. If the water cools a little more this should concentrate them as it has already done with the snook. Snook have to seek small pockets of warm water when the water drops below 65 deg. where as the redfish are not as concerned until the water drops below 60. This is what can make winter fishing so tough for a lot of fisherman. When the water gets cold the fish are all bunch up in small areas and if you?re off just 20 ft you will catch nothing. If you know right exactly where that little hot spot is and slow down your presentation you can kill them.

Along with snook and a few reds we also caught a lot of trout, sheepshead and some nice black drum in the 8 to 10 pound class.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my report. It looks like we have a nice week ahead of us and I have a few openings. Our main target will be snook, if you?re interested give me a call.

Try not to party too hard on New Years!

CHEERS, Capt. 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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