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Published: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:14:04 -0800

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 27th-April 9th 2017 Report

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:12:31 -0700

April winds bring May flowers...

During the first week of April we seen strong winds all week, starting out of the south at 20-25 knots then ending the week with a strong 20-25 knot winds out of the north as a cool front passed over our area. During the first part of the week fishing was steady with the South wind and the cool front approaching. The end of the week, when the front finally passed over, left the biting a lot tougher as high pressure from the cool front dominated the area. Bait is plentiful and can be found around the grass flats near Anna Maria Island and around structure in Tampa Bay. The Snook and Trout bite has been the most consistent. We have been catching plenty of Snook in the 20\\\"-25\\\" range (Picture) and lost several keeper Snook this week that we were hooked up with. The Trout bit has been good on the deeper grass edges in Sarasota Bay and Bradenton. Most of the Trout we are catching are around the 14\\\"-20\\\" range, most clients are ending the their trips with plenty of fish to take home to eat. The Redfish bite has and counties to be sporadic. We are catching Redfish (Picture 1, Picture 2) but they are not in any particular pattern as of yet, some days the bite is really good with Redfish and other days its non-existent. This upcoming week we will see a full moon which brings stronger tides and the weather looks great for the upcoming week, the bite should be pretty strong and lots of fish should be caught!

If you are looking to stay on Anna Maria Island or the surrounding areas check out Island Real Estate for all your accommodation needs.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 13th-26th 2017 Report

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:11:30 -0700

Cold to HOT...

We started the second week of March with the remits of a significant cold front that pushed though the region, leaving us water water temperatures in the high 50\\\'s. The week prior we had water temperatures in the mid to high 70\\\'s, so we have a 20 degree temperature drop which slowed down the Snook, Redfish, and Trout bite. We ended up heading for some deeper water to target Sheepshead and Snapper which were biting pretty good and most trips ended up with some table fare to take home. We were catching Sheepshead using shrimp on the bottom in the middle of Tampa Bay, around Egmont Key, and the north end of Anna Maria Island. This past week water temperatures were on the rise and so was the inshore bite. Bait has started showing up in massive numbers and can be found on most grass flats and around structure in deeper waters. The Snook bite has steadily increased over this past week (Picture) and this next week the bite should be ON!. There are a massive amount of Snook in the bay waiting for the tides and the water temperature to ignite the bite (Picture). The Trout bite has really picked up and all the fishing are well over keeper size (15\\\"). The Redfish bite has been sporadic with some days being very well and others not so much. We did catch some nice Redfish this past week (Picture). This upcoming week we will see better tides and the new moon starts which should turn the Redfish on.

If you are looking to stay on Anna Maria Island or the surrounding areas check out Island Real Estate for all your accommodation needs.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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New Smyrna Beach, Mosquito Lagoon And Daytona Beach FL

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:11:19 -0700

It seems as though the winds are starting to give us a little break and with clear water that adds up to a good day of sight fishing here on Mosquito Lagoon. We have started to get a good number of bait pods showing up on the flats and in the creeks of New Smyrna Beach. We have also had a pretty good shrimp run flowing out of the creeks as well the last couple of weeks so needless to say the fish have had a lot to choose from. The trout bite has been good with many 25\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" and bigger coming boat side and a lot of them have been sight fished with live shrimp. They have been chewing live mullet and soft plastics as well. The redfish and black drum bite has been just as good with several large schools of both through out the Lagoon system. The redfish have been eating anything from cut bait to ADL spoons and everything in between. The black drum can be fooled on gulp baits, shrimp and broken crab. The snook are really starting to show there selves as the water temp continue to increase. Plugs , twitch baits , soft plastics and live bait are good choices.

Capt Patrick Rood
www.spotntailcharters.com
(386)566-1394(image)



New Smyrna Beach And Mosquito Lagoon FL

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:28:11 -0800

Sept 2016
Mosquito lagoon,New smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach Fishing Report.

It ha been a very hot summer here in Central East FL with average temps in the mid 90\\\'s but it seems as though there might be some relief around the corner. We still have some areas in Mosquito lagoon affected by the algae bloom but seems to have cleared up through out spots of the lagoon.There has been large schools of mullet through out New Smyrna and Mosquito Lagoon holding on the flats and in the creeks. Look for game fish like trout,redfish,jacks , tarpon and flounder to be mixed inane around these bait pods. This is a great time to throw plugs,soft plastics and my personal favorite Aqua Dream spoons on the edge of the large bait pods.From early morning to mid day look for the redfish to be tailing on the shallow grass flats in the Mosquito lagoon and also on top of the oyster bars through out the New Smyrna Beach area. The trout will not be far from the bait pods and can be seen popping mullet from the surface time to time.I like to throw a topwater plug early and then move to a twitch bait later in the day as they move to the deeper edges of the flats. For the shallow tailing red fish I like to use a soft plastic rigged weedless there are many to choose from but a little shad pattern or shrimp pattern has been working well.The only bad thing is the pinfish and puffer fish will wreak havoc on your tackle supply. We also still have good numbers of tarpon holding around the bridges of Daytona and New Smyrna Beach along with through out the Lagoon system. they can be tricked on several different baits from finger mullet,pin fish,and many different artificials. We also have large schools of over slot breeder redfish through out the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon this time of year. The snook bite has been very good as well with slot fish coming boat side frequently. Look for structure,moving water and bait and that should put you in the snook bite. I like to throw several different baits from plugs to live bait and soft plastics when they turn on it makes for a great time.

Good luck and be safe!

Capt Patrick Rood
386-566-1394
www.spotntailcharters.com(image)



Tampa Bay

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:27:51 -0800

Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report
The Mangrove Snapper bite still remains hot post Hermione. The storm brought a lot of fresh water to the area, along with no sun for a few days helped lower the water temp. While Snapper fishing a few small Gags and Red Groupers were landed.
Some Cobia are roaming around eating whatever is presented to them, it always seems like the littler one always goes after the bait.
Redfish bite is getting better, starting to see a few schools of them instead of ones and twos. Finding the trout in the deeper water along with the larger one in the deeper water.
The Snook are biting well, catching mostly the smaller ones. I really believe that the slot size fish generation is just not there where it needs to be. So handle with care.
You can\\\'t catch a fish unless you have a line in the water so get out and enjoy the weather and have some fun.
Looking to book an Inshore Fishing Charter on Tampa Bay give me a call.

Capt Mark Magni, Reel Till U Feel Charters
813-610-5559 Call - Text or email reeltillufeel@aol.com
Web Site: www.reeltillufeel.com
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Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters September 12th -25th Report

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:27:21 -0800

A touch of Fall...

Fishing has been pretty good as we officially make our way into the fall season. Although the weather has not seemed to cool down much you can definitely tell that the fish have started to fall into their fall pattern. Bait has been plentiful out off the beaches of Anna Maria Island, Skyway Bridge, and the shallow grass flats around Anna Maria Island. The Redfish bite has picked up and when we get the fish to eat its been pretty epic (picture 1) (picture 2). On the days that the schooling fish do not want to eat that well we still are managing to catch a hand full of loner Redfish. On the deeper grass flats the Trout, Mackerel, and Snapper bite has picked up and has been non-stop action. We are picking up very nice, 12\\\"-15\\\" Snapper, Trout up to 22\\\", and large Mackerel up to 30\\\". The Snook bite has been the most productive during the last part of the tide cycle and the beginning of the tide. Last week we managed to catch a very nice 39\\\" Snook (picture 3). There is still time to catch a keeper Snook which is in between 28\\\" and 33\\\". We are still catching plenty of the smaller 25\\\" Snook. When we see our first cool front the fishing should be on fire as the fish feel the water temperature start to decline.

If you are looking to stay on Anna Maria Island or the surrounding areas check out Island Real Estate for all your accommodation needs.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Crystal River And Homosassa Fishing Report

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:26:38 -0800

Welcome to sunny Florida other wise known as ground zero for hurricane season 2016. This year’s hurricane season has already been extremely unforgiving by most Floridians standards with 2 Hurricanes already causing extensive damage on both coasts. First there was Hurricane Hermine that flooded most of the Nature Coast on September 2nd. Roads, homes and many businesses saw between 2-4ft of floodwaters that took nearly 12 hours to recede and most residents were without power for days. It had been nearly 23 years since the Nature Coast experienced anything remotely close to the flooding that we saw on this date. To say the least most waterfront residents of Crystal River, Homosassa, and Ozello were all caught off guard by this modest category 1 Hurricane (including myself). Hurricane Mathew, the second hurricane to hit the sunshine state this season was the first major Hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. Ironically, enough most of Florida’s west coast dodged a major bullet as the bulk of the category 4 winds were held about 20 miles offshore. It’s hard to imagine that 20 miles can be the difference between a major loss and complete destruction but in the case of hurricane Mathew that was exactly the case. So what exactly does all of these hurricanes mean for Nature Coast and Florida fishing in general? Well as crazy as this sounds these hurricanes will actually help jump start a number of great bites on both coasts. Heavy winds and rain will help oxygenate our warm local waters that had become stagnant due to the summer heat. The added bonus of copious amounts of rain will drop water temperatures enough to send many inshore game fish including Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Sheepshead, Black Drum and Flounder into their fall feeding patterns. During these transition periods anglers will find that many of these same species will congregate in similar areas where strong fall tides will wash shrimp and baitfish through structures ranging from spoil island points to oyster bar cuts. Casting and retrieving suspending baits such as Mirrolure Mirrodines, Sebile Stick Shads, or DOA Baitbusters will entice a majority of these inshore species and the fact that these lures will allow anglers to cover a ton of ground is a real added bonus. For those anglers looking for an awesome near shore bite, NOW! is the time to hit our local waters in search of this years last run of Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, Cobia, Sharks and Bluefish. Running and gunning from feeding frenzy to feeding frenzy is one of my favorite styles of fishing found along our coast. Acres and acres of threadfin herring, ballyhoo, and needlefish have already begun balling up in anticipation of their offshore run for the winter and as these schools of baitfish swell in numbers and size many of the pelagic species that frequent our area through out the year will be ready and waiting. Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish are normally the first species on the scene to terrorize these bait schools but as the fall season kicks into high gear all of the Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and False Albacore that an angler would ever want to catch take over many of our Speckled Trout flats and turn them into bait fish massacre zones. Casting spoons is the surest way to get a bite but for those anglers that love throwing a fly or may want to pick up a fly rod for the first time this is a bite that every fly angler must try. Long accurate casts are NOT necessary when you are targeting acres worth of fish, so just getting a cast out with a strip or two is all that is needed for a hook up. Baitfish patterns such as Clousers, Deceivers, and Schminnows are the three best patterns that every fly angler wants to make sure they have in their fly box for this bite. So although this years Hurricane season will be the talk of the Nature Coast for months and years to come it will be the great[...]



New Smyrna Beach And Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:26:31 -0800

Oct 2016
Mosquito Lagoon,New Smyrna Bch and Daytona Bch Fishing Report

With hurricane Matthew beating up the FL east coast a week ago it left a lot of destruction behind. On the brighter side of things it has seemed to clean the water up a bit in the Lagoon system. It has also brought in more water than usual . With the water being higher than normal look for the bait to move up shallow and the game fish to follow. I like to target the bait pods this time of year starting out the morning throwing plugs and twitch baits in to the schools of mullet and as the sun gets a little higher switching to a soft plastic or Aqua Dream Spoon. The breeder redfish can be found around all your major inlets at this time of year from Ponce Inlet in Daytona Beach south to Cape Canaveral you can also find these breeders in schools through out Both Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon from twenty to the hundreds preparing for there yearly spawn. The snook bite from Ormond Beach south to Edgewater and through out the New Smyrna Beach area has been on fire with quite a few slot fish and a lot of over slot fish coming boat side. When targeting snook I like to look for structure and a lot of moving water I prefer the out going tide but have done well on the beginning of the incoming as well. I like to throw twitch baits and soft plastics with the tide along the edge of the structure almost always triggering a bite. The flounder are starting to move into the backwaters of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater as well. The best method I have found for these ambush feeders is bouncing the bottom with a soft plastic and a 1/8 - 1/4oz jig head in a shrimp or mullet color. Target the mud and sand bottom around the oyster bars and points along with the edges of the sand bars where the bait tends to gather.
Good luck and be careful there is still a lot of debris left behind by hurricane Matthew so navigation can be dangerous.

Capt Patrick Rood
www.spotntailcharters.com
(386)566-1394(image)



Tampa Bay

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:25:59 -0800

Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report
This October has been one of the windiest I can remember. With the first cold front and shorter days has dropped the water temperatures down, pushing some of the fish to towards their winter homes. Now the days have been warm some of the fish have moved back onto the flats turning the Trout bite on. Most have been in the 15 to 20 inch slot.
The Snook bite still continues steady with most in the 20 to 24 inch class. The Redfish have been very spooky with so many anglers targeting them. Stealth mode has been the key to get them to bite.
Sheepshead and Mangrove Snapper are on the rock pile and around the bridges with the Sheepshead bite only to get better as the water cools and they go into there spawn.
You can\\\'t catch a fish unless you have a line in the water so get out and enjoy the weather and have some fun.
Looking to book an Inshore Fishing Charter on Tampa Bay give me a call.
Capt Mark Magni, Reel Till U Feel Charters
813-610-5559 Call - Text or Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report
email reeltillufeel@aol.com
Web Site: www.reeltillufeel.com

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Hernando Beach

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:22:19 -0800

December Fishing Ok Fishheads, now that turkey day is over and we all put on at least 5 pounds, its time to get back to some serious fishing. The fishing in November was great; December should continue to be some fantastic fishing. Fish know the winter and cold weather is coming so they will be doing the same thing we did on Thanksgiving, “fatting up”. What does this mean for us anglers you ask? Great fishing from inshore to offshore, anglers will be able to target resident and migrating fish. Gag grouper fishing has been the hot fish. With the Gulf temperature cooling off, we have been catching the Gags anywhere from 8 to 30 feet of water. Tackle we use is a very stout rod with at least 60 lb mono, anywhere from 2 to 6 oz lead weight and a 7/0 circle hook. Bait of choice; frozen threadfin, cut mullet or live bait like pinfish, grunts or sand perch. Just remember the regulations; 2 per person and the size is now 24” to the end of the tail. On my charters and hearing from other fishermen, a lot of groupers are being missed. I can’t explain enough about how to be ready for the hit from a grouper when bottom fishing. The law states you must use circle hooks when reef fishing so when you first feel the bite, slowly reel till you feel the fish. When the grouper starts to pull, reel for all your worth then lift the rod (if you can) and continue to reel. The first thing a grouper will do when hooked is try to run into a rock for cover so you have to be quick on moving the fish off the bottom. Again reel, do not set the hook bass master style or you’ll lose a lot of fish. Inshore fish is still going strong. The sea trout are moving into the shallow flats, so that means its one of the best times to catch a big gator trout. Look for trout in the 3 to 10 foot grass flats with spotty sand patches. I like to drift these flats with a ¼ oz jig and either a 3 inch Gulp shrimp or a live select shrimp. Once you get a bite, try to work that area, trout school up and you can catch many in an area. If the ones you catch are small, move to another area. I have found that trout seem to school in size, move a little and you may size up the school. Look for redfish and snook in the backcountry along oyster beds, rocky areas and the mangroves. Look for moving water and structure. Both are key to finding these fish. I’m always looking for reports and pictures. You can email me or stop by my website and become a “FISHHEAD”. Get out there on the water and make some memories with friends and family! Capt. Joel operates Fishdaddy Charters out of Hernando Beach, he knows the local waters like the back of his hand, and works both inshore and offshore trips. You can reach him at 352-279-1615 or visit his website, www.fishdaddycharter.com [...]



Crystal River And Homosassa Fishing Report

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:19:59 -0800

Spring has finally arrived here along the Nature Coast and the sounds of cheering, chanting, and high fives from rewarded anglers is echoing throughout our coastline. Fall temperatures have been the catalyst for some of the best fishing of the year and whether your fishing for Largemouth Bass, Redfish, or Gag Grouper our freshwater lagoons, backcountry flats, and near shore rocks, wrecks, and reefs are loaded with great fishing opportunities this month. For lucky anglers interested in a true “Do It All” Florida Fishing Experience now is the time to hit the waters of the Nature Coast to check off a number of bucket list species. With our local water temperatures approaching that magical 74 degree mark all local species will continue to feed heavily in preparation for the winter season. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Black Drum and Mangrove Snapper will continue to feed heavily along our inshore waters in preparation for a migration into our spring fed river systems. In certain situations many of these species can be found roaming some of the same structure systems scattered through out the Nature Coast. Oyster bars spanning from Homosassa to Crystal River are a favorite structure for most fish this time of year. Congregations of Shrimp, Crabs, and a variety of baitfish turn many oyster bars into buffet lines. Chumming with shrimp and crabs will definitely attract these species to your baits and free lining a live shrimp on a ¼ oz. jighead will surely get the job done. As great as the inshore fishing will continue to be the rest of this month it will be the near shore fishing for Tripletail, Gag Grouper, and late season Cobia that will draw all of the headlines. As the massive schools of threadfins, glass minnows, and ballyhoo that have been gorging themselves here for weeks begin moving offshore they will be met head on by schools of hungry Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, and Bluefish. Whichever baitfish are able to survive this onslaught will then be met by late season Tripletail and Cobia patrolling many of the Stone Crab Traps that have found their homes since the opening of the season on October 15th. Both Tripletail and Cobia love curious baitfish that are interested in the protection of the kelp grass wrapped around many of the floating trap buoys. Ironically enough a Tripletail is camouflaged to look exactly like kelp grass and once a baitfish or shrimp gets a little to close to the grass, It’s over! If any of the exiting baitfish think life will be a little safer closer to the bottom of our near shore waters then they will have the unfortunate opportunity of meeting one of the tastiest fish species on the planet. Gag Grouper are abundantly congregating around the usual rocky outcroppings and ledges scattered along our area. Trolling and casting lipped plugs will yield the best results but for those anglers interested in bottom fishing opportunities this time of year think of using slower moving baitfish such as pigfish or small lizardfish. Frozen Sardines and Threadfin Herring are also good choices. Long story short the weather is great and the fishing is even better!!! Get out and enjoy some of the BEST Fishing Action found anywhere on the planet or feel free to contact FLORIDA FISHING ADVENTURES to schedule your next Fishing Adventure. FLORIDA FISHING ADVENTURE GIFT CERTIFICATES MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS!! Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM WWW.CRYSTALRIVER-FLYFISHING.COM [...]



New Smyrna Beach,Daytona Beach And Mosquito Lagoon

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:16:55 -0800

Fishing Report
Nov 2016

As we have entered the month of November the mild fronts have started to bring the cooler temps and change of wind direction we need to the winter time cycle in full swing. You can still find the large breeder redfish holding on the rocks of the jetties and along deeper channel drop offs this time of year. I like to throw a live pin fish or mullet with a 1/2oz lead on the bottom.
They can also be caught jigging the bottom with artificial but just be prepared for hang ups there is a lot of debri down there from over the years.
With the changing of the wind direction in the next few weeks from upcoming cold fronts the water level in new Smyrna and mosquito lagoon should be be dropping.
I have been finding the the red fish to be hanging around the oyster bars and wind blown points along with cruising the shorelines in the north lagoon.
In the south mosquito Lagoon they can be found holding in the pot holes through out the grass flats and on the edges mixed in with the bait. I like to throw the Aqua Dream Living spoon,soft plastics and live shrimp when sight fishing. live finger mullet and cut bait have been creating a great bite on some of cloudy and windy days that we have recently had. The trout bite has also been good through out Mosquito Lagoon look for the bait holding over a mix of grass and pot holes and you will find the trout.
I like to use jerk baits, top water plugs and twitch baits but you can never go wrong with a free lined finger mullet for that trout of a life time.
The flounder have moved in through out New Smyrna Beach,Edgewater and Daytona Beach and will only get better as the water starts to drop and clear up. you can target them with a 1/16oz and 1/8oz jig head rigged with soft plastic or live shrimp bounced slowly along
the bottom.We have also had a good number of black drum through out the lagoon system which always make for a great fight. I
have been catching them on a live shrimp rigged tail hooked along with a gulp shrimp and crab patterns rigged on a jig head. the key is being stealthy to get
within range to present the cast.


Good luck and be safe !
Capt Patrick Rood
www.spotntailcharters.com
(386)566-1394(image)



Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters August 1st - 14th Report

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:54:16 -0700

Seeing Red(fish)...

Well, the past two weeks we have seen a low pressure system that sat on top of Anna Maria Island and Florida for six days straight. The low pressure system brought daily rain and dropped the water temperature considerably in some areas. In most of the areas I fish the water temperature went from the mid 80\\\'s to around 78 degrees. I was able to get in most of my trips this past week and only had to cancel one due to the weather. Fishing, for the most part, was well during this reporting period. During the last days of the low pressure fishing got tougher as the fish and myself where over the constant cloud cover, the rain, and the strong south/ southwest wind that held in the outgoing tide. This past week I\\\'ve seen and the clients have caught more Redfish (Picture) than we have in more than a couple months. I took Jordan out with her parents and she landed a whopper of a Redfish (Picture). As we get closer to September and October we will see more and more Redfish showing up. The Snook fishing has started to plateau. This past week the Snook have been a little tougher to get to eat more than usual, but we still managed to catch plenty. Jordan, again, caught a nice Snook (Picture) from last week. The Trout and Snapper fishing has been consistent. The smaller Trout have been plentiful and we have been having to weed through the smaller ones to get keepers in the cooler. The next couple weeks look promising for the Redfish so hold on and lets get to fishing.

If you are looking to stay on Anna Maria Island or the surrounding areas check of Island Real Estate for all your accommodation needs.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Bay Pines

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:53:49 -0700

TARPON SURPRISE
Although our recent unusually high temperatures have created challenges to normal fishing patterns, they have also provided some exciting and unexpected opportunities as I found out on my most recent trip.

I was targeting redfish and my go-to bait, pilchards and shad, proved plentiful but too small to be useful. While at the boat ramp, I spied a school of mullet and tossed my net just to see what I\\\'d pull up. Scored a few good-sized enough to use for cut bait, but also landed a decent quantity of finger mullets, so decided to change things up a little and give these guys a try.

I began by fishing the docks in the Jungle Prada area of Boca Ciega Bay, dead-sticking using cut mullet on a jig head. It took a while and I did land a couple nice reds, but the action was short-lived. While biding my time, I looked across the bay toward the channel and SURPRISE! caught the silver flash of tarpon. I wasn\\\'t really rigged for tarpon but, not having much success at the docks, I motored out to the edge of the channel to try my luck.

I switched out the jig heads for a regular hook and baited it with finger-mullet. Within just a minute or two it was fish-on! Tarpon are a great sport fish and a real thrill to catch especially when they become airborne. The ones I was catching ranged in size from 2-5 feet and put up a heart-pounding fight before flying out of the water and throwing the hook, robbing me of my photo-op. Still it made for a couple hours of some very exciting fishing. Next time I come prepared!(image)



Mosquito Lagoon,Daytona Beach And New Smyrna Beach FL

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:53:26 -0700

August 2016 Fishing Report:

The fishing here in Mosquito Lagoon area has been good with double digit days of nice trout and redfish coming boat side. The Snook have been on fire! I have been targeting the Snook & Trout early in the morning. With the right tides & bait, the Snook bite has been the best it’s been in years. I like to use plugs and twitch baits early targeting the schools of bait on the shallow grass then moving to a soft plastic or live bait later in the day on the deeper edges of mosquito lagoon. The redfish bite has been good all day. They are starting to school up & showing you those famous tail waves. They have been eating soft plastics and Aqua Dream spoons! If live bait is more your style then pinfish, pigfish, cut bait and mullet are all a good choice of bait. We still have good numbers of tarpon through out New Smyrna and Mosquito lagoon area from juveniles to hundred and fifty pound class. I like to target the tarpon early morning or late evening throwing upgraded plugs and live bait from pinfish to live finger mullet. Make sure you upgrade your terminal tackle because no one wants to show up to a gun fight holding a pocket knife. Good luck out there. The fishing has been great this month
Good luck and be safe

Capt Patrick Rood
http://www.spotntailcharters.com/(386)566-1394
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Crystal River And Homosassa Fishing Report

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:33:34 -0700

Well, it’s been an epic scallop season for the Nature Coast so far this year. The relatively dry weather (up until last week) has resulted in the clearest water in years, and the biggest crop of scallops this decade. In recent weeks many scallopers have been finding an abundance of scallops loaded with barnacles on them. This is a healthy sign for our scalloping grounds considering that barnacles are frequently found on scallops that have survived for two summers. The positive news on the age of our scallops and the health of our turtle and eel grasses is just the start of the good news. Our most recent scalloping trips have been targeting depths that are relatively shallow (4 feet or so), which makes scalloping much easier for kids. It’s hard to list hot spots because literally anywhere you go with mixed turtle and eel grass, especially when there are sandy areas, you will find lots of scallops. The grass flats outside of Gomez Rocks and areas between the St Martins Keys and Rock Island Channel have been holding tons of boats, so exploring other areas with sand and grass to the east and west of these congregations is a good idea. Although most visitors of the Nature Coast will be enjoying the great scalloping action there are still tons for great angling opportunities available to anglers of all different skill levels. The backcountry waters surrounding Ozello and Crystal River will continue be the top targeted areas due to the great Redfish action. The relatively shallow waters encompassing many of the mangrove laden back bays are great places to target skinny water tailing Redfish. 1’ chunks of cut ladyfish, pinfish, pigfish, mullet and lizardfish are for sure bets as the pinfish activity is so bad that a live shrimp won’t last 20 seconds upon hitting the water. In certain instances some of the larger schools of Redfish can often be extremely picky, when this occurs a quartered blue crab will often drive these finicky fish into a frenzy. Circle hooks are a must this time of year as most fish are well over the slot size of 27”. For those anglers that are looking for a worthwhile trip, think of targeting HUGE Black Drum and Redfish in the morning before hitting the water to cool off while Scalloping. Our VIP and ½ and ½ trips are extremely popular this time of year as it allows visitors to split their trip up between fishing, scalloping and swimming with the manatees in some of the crystal clear springs found in the Crystal River. Can you imagine bagging 10 gallons of Scallops after landing a ton of backcountry Redfish and Black Drum ranging from 20-60lbs? Sounds like a great time to me. Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM WWW.CRYSTALRIVER-FLYFISHING.COM [...]



Cape Canaveral Florida

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:39:15 -0700

So far this year has been a banner (awesome) season. The cobia came and went in about a 2 day period. Just prior to what is supposed to be the best time for them, March. Awesome start. Then the king run that normally comes on strong around April never really came. Instead we were surprised big time by the mid April run of mahi that was off the charts for almost 2 weeks, (About a month early). Then while we waited for the feds to make up there mind if we were going to be allowed to kill a few red snapper, Denied. To say this year so far has been anything predictable is far from the truth. Now don’t get me wrong, fishing hasn’t been terrible and not every day is a dump. If you search and try hard enough you will find a few fish. Here’s the best forecast I can give for what we are supposed to have historically.
By the time your reading this, the thermocline should be about over. That means the bunker will be back to normal and hopefully easier to get than they have been. Keep your sabiki rigs handy in case you cant find those bunks. If your looking for tarpon, they have been consistant around the Patrick area. Use fluorocarbon and an 8/0 hook.
Head offshore with the live bait and work the wrecks and reefs. All sorts of species are around. Use the live bait stinger rigs and slow troll. Don’t forget to use a downrigger at the 40 foot mark. We have been pulling some nice AJ on the troll. Always makes a nice surprise for a charter. We have been steady pecking away at sails, blackfins, mahi and cobia as well. All on the live bait slow troll. I have no idea what those guys zig zagging around everyone are doing at 8 knots dragging there baits on top. Go slow. Maybe 1-1.5knots let the bait swim and look natural for the best results.
If the troll isn’t so hot take your live baits and drop them down on a three way, Grouper, AJ and of course reds are doing just fine too.
I hope this helps out a little. Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area
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Tampa Bay Fishing Report

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:38:50 -0700

Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report
The Mangrove Snapper has been the hottest bite on the bay and one of the best that I\\\'ve seen in years. The last few charters the anglers have wanting fish for a cook out. Mango\\\'s are one of the best tasting fish that comes out of the bay and not a bad fight on light tackle when you\\\'re faster than the fish.

Some rod bending action on Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Bluefish around the schools of bait where the birds are diving.

Snook catches have been on the smaller size, the next breeders. Bonnethead and Blacktip shark are roaming the area.

You can\\\'t catch a fish unless you have a line in the water so get out and enjoy the weather and have some fun.

Looking to book an Inshore Fishing Charter on Tampa Bay give me a call.
Capt Mark Magni, Reel Till U Feel Charters
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Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 18th-30th Report

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:37:14 -0700

Fishing has been as Hot as the weather...

This time of the year inshore fishing traditional slows down a little bit as our water temperature rises to the 90 degree mark, but as of lately fishing has been remarkably good. The daily afternoon thunderstorms have keep the water temperature in the mid 80\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s which has keep the fish biting. Bait is everywhere from the grass flats around the mouth of the Manatee River to the gulf side/ beach side of Anna Maria Island. The Snook bite this year has been the best its been in a couple years. The Snook have made a tremendous come back since the freeze of 2010. Most days we are catching anywhere from 20-40 Snook a trip (Picture) with most of the fish around the low to mid 20\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" mark. This week we caught a few larger Snook (Picture) mixed in the mid 20\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" fish. The Trout and Snapper bite has been excellent as well, we have to go through a lot of smaller fish in order to get a handful keeper fish, but there has been constant action when we have been fishing for them. We have also been getting Bluefish and Mackerel when we have been targeting the Trout and Snapper. The Redfish are showing up more and more as of lately. This week we managed to catch quite a few smaller Redfish ranging from the 15\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"-24\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" and a handful of larger Redfish, with the largest this week being 30\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" (Picture). As long as we keep on getting our daily dose of rain it should keep the water temperature a little cooler which keeps fishing Hot. If you are looking to stay on Anna Maria Island or the surrounding areas check of Island Real Estate for all your accommodation needs.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Tampa Bay Florida

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:48:14 -0700

Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report
HOT, the muggy hot air has turned fishing times to early morning and sun set fishing. The early morning incoming tide has had a bite cooler water.
Fry bait is everywhere right now and has had the Spanish Mackerel busting up the schools of bait. The fry bait is the perfect size for the one bite Mangrove Snappers. Bridges are hold a lot of the Mangos and gives you some shade. Not only a good fight when you outsmart them but great fish to have some Fish Taco’s.
Some nice Trout have been landed lately in the deeper grass along with some nice Redfish. Shrimp and cut bait has been attracting Some Bonnethead and Blacktip Sharks. When the Spanish Mackerel start cutting you off go to a long shank hook.
You can\\\'t catch a fish unless you have a line in the water so get out and enjoy the weather and have some fun.
Looking to book an Inshore Fishing Charter on Tampa Bay give me a call.
Capt Mark Magni, Reel Till U Feel Charters
813-610-5559 Call - Text or email reeltillufeel@aol.com
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Mosquito Lagoon,New Smyrna Beach And Daytona Beach

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:47:31 -0700

July 2016

New Smyrna Beach , Daytona Beach and Mosquito Lagoon

The weather has been very hot and so has the bite here in New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito lagoon. We have had some great days here on the Lagoon with many double digit days of trout and redfish and including many slams. I have been targeting bait pods early in the morning holding on the edges of the flats.You will find trout,jacks and many other game fish holding under and around the bait . They have been very receptive to several different baits from soft plastics to live bait and also plugs . As the mid day approaches and the sun gets a little higher look for the trout to move off the edges to deeper water. The redfish have been holding on top of the flats early tailing in the grass and cruising along the shorelines looking for a easy meal. They have been eating several types of baits from cut bait and live bait to soft plastics and personal favorite a Aqua Dream Spoon . Just like the trout the reds have been changing their habits by mid day and moving into the pot holes and deeper sloughs looking for a little cooler water conditions on the flats. The tarpon have made a apperance inshore and off the beaches in full force. Make sure you up size your tackle when going after these beast, most of what I have been seeing inshore has been the 80lb to 100lb class including the juveniles in the 20lb class. The beach tarpon are another story with many fish 100lb and larger cruising the beach. I like to throw suspending plugs , twitch baits and soft plastics along with a variety of live baits .
Good luck and be safe.

Capt Patrick Rood
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Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 4th-16th Report

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:47:25 -0700

Summer heat is in full effect...

Summer is here to stay for the next couple months, which means the small bait has shown up. We have all the small bait (pilchards) you want on the flats around Anna Maria Island, just make sure you are throwing a 1/4\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" mesh net or you will have a Christmas tree of bait on your hands and a lot of clean up. The Trout fishing has still been strong and a lot of smaller Trout have been showing up and sometimes its hard to get the bigger Trout to bite before the smaller ones grab your hook. The Mangrove Snapper bite inshore has really picked up over the past two weeks. When we are targeting them we are using 1/0 hooks and 20 lb leader, as these fish are smart and catch on really quickly to heavier tackle. While we are fishing for Snapper we have been doing well with Spanish Mackerel first thing in the mornings. The Snook bite has been starting to slow down as the water heats up. We have been doing better during the strongest tide cycles with Snook and Redfish. More and more Redfish are slowing starting to show up, right now they are pretty spread out over large grass flats and soon they should start to group together for a better target approach to these fish. If you are looking to stay on Anna Maria Island or the surrounding areas check of Island Real Estate for all your accommodation needs.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are nearAnna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Crystal River And Homosassa Fishing Report

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:47:04 -0700

July’s beautiful weather and sunny skies have led to perfect fishing and scalloping conditions here along the Nature Coast of Florida. This perfect weather scenario couldn’t have come at a better time either. Here along the Nature Coast our opening week of Scallop Season was truly a historic one with copious amounts of tasty scallops making for very happy snorkelers. This great weather has also had a major impact on our annual Redfish and Snook invasion, which occurs during weather brakes from July-September. Currently all signs are pointing to a record setting Summer with huge numbers of giant Reds being taken on a regular basis during most fishing charters in the Crystal River and Homosassa areas. Every year from July-September during our strong full and new moon tides the Crystal River area becomes a staging area for millions of glass minnows, scaled sardines and pinfish. When all of this bait/food comes rolling in you can guarantee most swimming predators are aware of this. First you will notice dolphins swarming the local flats, then you will notice a variety of birds diving into these pods, then finally the ever-present Redfish onslaught from below will begin to take place. Within these Redfish feeding frenzies you can also find a smorgasbord of Jack Crevalle, Snook, Snapper, and Speckled Trout. This is an awesome way to fish because everything is so visible. The bait is on the surface and the predator fish feeding on the bait below will often launch themselves out of the water after their intended prey. There is nothing like throwing a spoon or fly threw a feeding frenzy only to watch it disappear in the midst of 100’s of frenzied fish. After all of this fast paced action is over for the day the plan of choice for most of our visiting anglers is to jump in the water, cool off and enjoy one of the most exciting underwater Easter Egg hunts on the planet. Harvesting bay scallops is easily one of the more effortless yet rewarding water activities found any where in Florida. The equipment needed to harvest scallops is limited to just a mask, snorkel, fins, and a mesh bag. Most Scallop harvesting is done in crystal clear waters ranging from 2-7ft. Some of the best areas to find scallops are on shallow grass flats, sponge beds, and small coral reefs. The added bonus when covering areas with shallow clear water is that there are tons of other species that one will see while floating along looking for scallops. Crabs, fish, sea horses, dolphins, rays, sponges, and sea turtles are just a few of the many species that one will encounter while searching for scallops. The most successful method for harvesting scallops is to swim against the current when first looking for scallops and then allow the current to drift you back to your vessel. Best places to look for scallops are on the tops of the long eelgrass, amongst the dark patches of rolling moss (brown floating grass), and on the edges of sponge beds. The key to successful scalloping is to not stir up the bottom once you have located a few scallops. Once you have located your honey-hole slowly float back to the surface and evaluate the surrounding area. Chances are once you have located one scallop, there are probably many more located with in the same vicinity. Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM WWW.CRYSTALRIVER-FLYFISHING.COM [...]



New Smyrna Beach,Daytona Beach And Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report For June 2016

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:39:14 -0700

Summer is definitely in full swing with air temps in the mid 90\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s here in Central Fl. But the weather is not the only thing that is hot at the moment. We have had some great fishing here in New Smyrna beach and Mosquito Lagoon area. The trout have been biting well with many double digit days. They can caught many different ways from plugs in the early morning to sub walks and live bait later in the day. Look for the bait holding around edges of the flats and you will find the trout. The redfish bite has been good as well. I have found some great success starting the morning out on the shallow grass flats that are holding bait. Look for tailing fish or backing fish mixed in with the bait fish. I like to throw soft plastics or cut bait to them when they are shallow cruising. As the sun rises they will start to move off the shallows to the edges this is a good time to switch to a ADL spoon or live finger mullet to trigger a bite in a little deeper water. The snook bite has been very good as well, in and around the New Smyrna Beach area. Look for the structure and moving water and you will find the snook. They can be targeted several different ways but sub walks and live bait has been a good choice. The beaches from Daytona Beach south to Canaveral have started to come alive with bait pods. With bait pods come predator fish. They have been catching bonita , sharks, bull reds and the occasional tarpon off the beaches. If you decide to venture off the beach or near the inlets make sure you up size your gear there has been some bruisers out there.

Good luck and be safe.
Capt Patrick Rood
(386) 566-1394
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Tampa Bay To Sarasota

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 06:13:14 -0800

Tampa Bay January Fishing Report Anna Maria Island fishing 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 kind of want to be in the springtime spots but kind of want to be in their winter spots; sometimes they want shrimp, but sometime they prefer live shiners. It can leave me scrambling at times with the fish scattered all over the place, but despite all that we have had very successful trips. The stronger cold fronts we had recently are what I had hoped for. That has moved the fish to their winter spots for a while and shrimp will be what they are looking for and that makes my job a lot easier. The past few days we have been destroying the Trout with keepers in the 16 to 20 inch class and a few larger ones mixed in. 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 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 have been rumors of some Pompano around. I haven’t looked for them much yet but plan to in the up and coming weeks. I have also been picking up a few Snook along the way and if the water temp warms up some next week I will target Snook more. We will have to see what this next front brings in. Either way we have been having a lot of action inshore. The Snook fishing really heats up in February, so a few warm days and it will be game on. On the beach and near-shore reefs there have 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’ve heard that 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. If you are planning a trip let me know soon. Until next time enjoy your time on the water, or for some of you maybe I should say the ice. Capt. Matt (941) 447-9888 www.captainmatt.com or www.tarponfish.com Follow My Live Fishing Report At Twitter- https://twitter.com/CaptMattErcoli Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/captainmattcom-218166698379809/?ref=bookmarks Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/captainmattcom/ [...]