Tampa Fishing Charters

Battling the weather recently has made for some interesting Tampa Fishing Charters to say the least. Right new we still have some snook around but mostly they are only biting on the warmest of days just before a passing front. However there are plenty of other targets!

Sight casting and Fly Fishing , Tampa Fishing Charters

These trips are best for the more experienced angler. For this kind of trips we use artificial baits from soft plastics to rattling topwater plugs to intake strikes. Much of this is done off a poling skiff, fishing deep into the back country. Targets include snook, trout and redfish. Right now is a good time to work your magic with artificial baits. Bait is still around, mostly smallish and not really worth using until afternoon when the day warms the water up a bit. The gin clear waters that come with cooler water temperatures is a sight fisherman’s Mecca! Poling the edges of exposed flats targets show them selves and often slight surface movements reveal their position. Long casts are imperative in this situation.

If the bait is cast on the fish it will spook and not eat. Long casts retrieved back to where the fish was spotted have a higher probably of resulting in a strike. Redfish, snook and larger female trout are often found in these areas and are the prime targets.  During the Florida winter months I rarely go above 15 lb leader and often as low as 12lb leader when the sky and water are extremely clear.  My top baits include, shad tails, in black back gold flake belly, white and all gold with gold flake. Dart type baits are also versatile and really cast well. Worked like a jerk worm  across grass beds then allow it to drop into a hole, sit on bottom and a shaky head style retrieve across the sand allows for plenty of eye catching sand puffs

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Live bait like shrimp work well in the morning, that said it seems lately the fish don’t begin moving until the sun has had a chance to warm the day. There are several different ways to rig them, under a popping cork with a jig head is a great option. One mistake I see often when using popping corks is most anglers don’t pop it hard enough.

The cork when popped needs to sound like a strike. When its done properly the sound of the cork popping will alert other opportunistic feeds in the area. After the cork has been popped the live or artificial bait moves towards the surface, then slowly descends imitating a wounded bait fish or shrimp. As always when working artificial baits always keep in mind what the bait fish is imitating and try to get the bait to move accordingly. This can be done by making a couple short casts and working the bait where you can observe its movements.

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