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Trout Action Strong / Redfish scattered

Capt. Stewart Ames
January 9, 2019
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Is it January or September? Last week, water temperatures reached 71 degrees in St Joseph's Sound. The large seatrout got confused and seemed to move off of their more predictable locations. Large seatrout fishing is generally an easy proposition during the cooler months. Yes, cold fronts consistently stop the fishing in it's tracks but, after a few days of warmth, dependable fishing returns. With several days in the eighties last week, it simply got too hot. Tonight promises a cold front however, and that should restore our dependable fishing. On the bright side, small amounts of whitebait did show up with the warmth. Trout fishing will be easier if this bait remains available. If not, it's back to the select shrimp.

Amidst the action on trout, other species have made occassional appearances. The list of species caught in the last few weeks include several species of shark, pompano, black drum, redfish, sheephead and of course, bluefish and ladyfish as well. There are certainly fish to catch out there. To increase the likelihood of success, pay close attention to the weather patterns and the tides. Good water movement always triggers fish to bite but, right behind a cold front, they won't. Typically days two to three days after a cold front, with strong tides, produce excellent fishing. Until mid March, when higher water temperatures generally return for good, focus on this weather / tide combo to maximize your fishing success. Good luck and good fishing.

Tampa Bay Fishing Forecast:

Seatrout fishing to remain strong. Redfish are available and fishing will improve in coming months.

Target Species:

Trout, redfish, snook

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Gone Fishing Charters offers inshore/near shore fishing charters for all ages & skill levels. Expect a clean boat, quality tackle and a professional environment. A pre trip discussion with your captain will inform you of the best, current fishing opportunities based on recent outings, tides and weather. He'll also address any concerns/ questions you have to insure that you have the most enjoyable experience. Species targeted include snook, redfish, seatrout, kingfish, snapper, grouper and others

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Gone Fishing Charters
P.O. Box 541
Crystal Beach, FL 34681
Phone: 727-421-5291
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