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Trout bite is on

Spotted Sea Trout (Cynoscion Nebulosus) Not actually a trout but is a member of the drum family black, red, croker. Great on lite tackle. Will eat almost anything greenbacks, shrimp dead or alive, cut bait, soft and hard plastics. Try to match the color of the water. White is my go-to. Free lining popping corks

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It’s time for sheepshead

Sheephead await. Ignored most of the year, when water temperatures drop like they have now, the convict fish are happy and eating. They also are in their spawn, which means now is the time to catch some of the biggest fish of the year. We’ve been using shrimp, fiddler crabs and barnacles for bait. Small,

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New Boat is fantastic

Tampa Bay fishing charters just got better Well, my new 2017 2420 Blazer Bay Florida Edition is working out better than dreamed. She’s fast with the new Yamaha 250 4 stroke, handles sloppy seas with ease, but most all provides the comfort, safety and fishability my customers deserve.  She is very stable at rest and

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Great fishing thanks to Irma and Nate

By Capt. Chuck Rogers Two hurricanes in less than a month? We’ll, we dodged the bullet on both, as one petered out over the state before making it up around Tampa, and the other was so far offshore that we didn’t get the full brunt. But there’s more good news, because after the storms, the

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Beware the Leatherjacket

Feel the burn—beware the Leatherjacket fish You don’t tug on superman’s cape! You don’t spit into the wind! You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with a Leatherjacket fish. Sometimes called a Skipjack, Oligoplites Saurus may be small but they pack a venomous sting that can end

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Mack Attack

Spanish mackerel may be the Rodney Dangerfield of fish, but they really are the complete package of speed, strength and table fare, deserving a lot more respect than they get. And in these warmer months, they’re biting and one our prime targets. A schoolingspecies, mackerel hunt in packs, rounding up schools of bait and slashing

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Pompano Heaven!

It’s high-heaven fishing right now, as we’re on the pompano. These hard-fighting fish are excellent sport and even better on the table, being one of the most prized examples of table fare from the sea. We’re fishing Tampa Bay and working a variety of locations, from hard, sandy/shell bottom, to passes, under bridges and along

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Flat-out fun; it’s flounder time!

Right now we are focused on flounder, which are very active in Tampa Bay. Live bait has been tops, with live sardines, shrimp and small pin fish working equally well. We’re rigging up with 20-lb leader and a 1/16-oz  split shot 10 inches above 1/0 circle hook. We also are using tipped jigs from 1/8

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Cobia Bite Is On

Now’s the time for big cobia. These powerful fish are on the flats, beaches and just offshore and we’re catching them. One of the hardest fighting fish we encounter, cobia can be found cruising near the surface, hanging around structure such as rock, markers, wrecks and rocks. They also like to follow schools of stingrays

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