Tampa Bay charters report

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Anna Maria Island charters report remains strong.  The water has cooled a bit since my last report as it tries to get back down to more normal temperatures for this time of year.  It can be tricky fishing when the water temps hit that low 62 to 63 degree mark.  The fish kinda want to be in the spring spots but kinda want to be in there winter spots and sometimes they want shrimp, but sometime they want live shiners.  It can leave me scrambling at times with the fish scattered all over the place, but despite all that we had a very successful trips last this past week except for one day we had trouble finding quality fish.   We have a strong front on its way which is what I had hoped for.  That will move the fish to their winter spots for a while and shrimp will be what they are looking for certain and that makes my job a lot easier.

This past week we caught a lot of Snook and had some real monsters on that got us deep into the tangles.  We also had some good eating size redfish along with a few over sized ones up to 29inches.  The trout fishing has also been picking up.   Most days I have targeted them we had to weed through a lot of smaller ones to get some nice 16 to 18 inches.  When the tide is right there are also a few good schools of larger 18 to 24 inch trout feeding along with a few trophies over 26 inches mixed in.  While targeting the redfish we have also been catching some nice black drum up to about 6 pounds perfect eating size along with a few flounder and sheepshead mixed in.    There has been some rumors of some pompano around I haven’t looked for them much yet but plan to in the up and coming weeks.

On the beach and near shore reefs there has been lots of snapper along with a few flounder, tripletail  and small but fun to fight grouper.

I have not spent any time offshore lately; I have heard that the grouper and amberjack fishing have been solid between 20 and 30 miles out.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my report.  My spring scheduled is filling quickly and so is tarpon so if you are planning a trip let me know soon.  Until next time enjoy the water or for some of you maybe I should say the ice.    Capt Matt 941 447 9888





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