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Tampa Bay Area Fishing Report

Venice to Cedar Key

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Tampa Bay Area Fishing Report

Postby captchas » Sun Mar 16, 2003 12:04 pm

Tampa Bay Area
Fishing Report
Captain Charles Walker
You’ll see by the reports below that the fishing has just exploded here on the Suncoast. The Spanish mackerel have arrived in unbelievable numbers and large sizes. Twenty five to twenty seven inch Spanish are common this week. A few kings have been caught in the ship’s channel between the Skyway and the Whistler, but most people are after Spanish so not many are rigged for kings. The water temperature is perfect for kings now, so stow the light gear and pull out the big guns for the kingfish. There is bait showing up around all the markers offshore and the passes and bridges inshore so there’s no excuse not to troll live baits for the bigger kings. Just watch the weather carefully and don’t let one of our thunderstorms catch you offshore.

On to the bait house reports:
Ruskin Bait and Tackle - 813-641-2325 – Lots of big Spanish mackerel are around all the reefs, in the channel and around the Skyway. Trout is really hot and have been caught from Apollo Beach all the way down to Tierra Ceia on the flats. The snook have turned back on and there is some bait showing up on the flats. Some reds are being caught and there have been a few grouper trolled up in the channel.
Trappman’s Bait and Tackle on Gandy Blvd in St. Petersburg - 727-579-1414- Spanish mackerel and pompano are around the bridge in good numbers this week. Reds are biting well on the flats. Snook are being caught under the lights at night and there is a lot of bait showing up under the bridge.
Pass-a-Grille Bait and Tackle on St. Pete Beach - 727-360-6606- Lots of sheepshead are coming off our dock this week. Spanish mackerel are being caught from both piers at Ft. DeSoto. Our offshore boats are bringing in amberjack, blackfin tuna, grouper, mangrove snapper, and other bottom fish.
The Skyway Fishing Pier - 727-865-0668 and the south Skyway - 941-729-0117- Spanish mackerel are just thick, thick, thick this week. Both the north and south pier have been packed with anglers and all of them are catching fish. Some kings have been hooked up this week, but most have been lost because everyone is rigged light for Spanish.

Folks, feel free to call any of the places in my report for more information, and be sure to tell them that you read about the fishing in their area in Capt. Charlie’s fishing report on the Internet.

If you want more information about fishing in the Tampa Bay area or wish to book a charter, simply e-mail me at captchas@flfish.com or if you wish to arrange a charter faster, call me at 727-546-7257. Be sure and visit my web site for lots more Tampa Bay Area fishing info at: http://www.floridasaltwater.com .

Good fishing and tight lines,
Capt. Charlie
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Postby RudyGomez » Sun Mar 16, 2003 9:59 pm

Hi Charlie,

Welcome to the new Forum and thanks for the report :D
Rudy Gomez
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