Tampa Bay Flats Fishing Report

by Capt. Kevin Walton on July 24, 2011

Small scaled sardines are all over our gulf beaches right now so we have started our fishing trips on St Pete Beach or Treasure Island netting a bait well full of these flats candies. There are some fish to be caught right where we are catching the bait but I have been taking them back up into the flats of Tampa Bay and fishing for snook , trout, redfish and many other species.

Trout continue to be the most consistent bite and it has been not uncommon to have 40 fish plus days. This week we have caught them on the deep edge of the grass flats and mixed in with them has been some spanish mackerel, blue fish and black tip sharks.

The redfish bite has been good if not great, but your window to catch them has been very small. The early morning high tide is the ticket to catching the reds, but after that its been a little tricky.

One fish that my charters have not caught a lot of lately is snook, but the handful we have caught have been nice quality fish. Reports coming from scuba divers offshore is that there are ton of snook out there. While that is a really good sign that there is a healthy snook population, hopefully they will return from gulf soon and the snook bite inshore on the flats will get better.

If you want to get on a some great inshore fishing action give me a call 727-638-0975 and we’ll get you out. There are still some tarpon around and the spanish and king mackerel run is just around the corner.

Capt Kevin Walton

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