With the weather being a little warmer this winter compared to last year the fishing has been pretty good here in St Pete Beach. This warmer climate and better fishing has been welcomed with open arms by myself and my charter customers. My inshore charters have caught many Redfish and Trout along with Sheepshead, Flounder, Black Drum and Grouper.
This has been one of the best Redfish winters I can remember. I had several charters in the last 2 months who were catching 20 to 30 reds in just a half day fishing charter. The key to having these successful fishing trips was finding deep water docks that also had some type of other fish habitat near by, like mangroves or sea grass. Once you found them it was game on and the action could last as long you wanted. In one particular charter we left the redfish biting after about 25 fish so we didn’t run of shrimp for the Sheepshead and Trout fishing we were going to do.
The Speckled Trout fishing was and still is very good as well. Also held up in deeper water, if you found them it was Non Stop action! Fishing the deep edge of the grass flats is what produced the majority of the fish, but the larger Trout were in a little shallower water. Soft plastic shad tail jigs or live shrimp, it didn’t matter, they were willing eat both. Mixed in with Trout on the flats were some really nice Flounder, which are always a nice surprise, because of their tasty fillets.
Spring is almost here and the Redfish and Snook will be up on the flats of Tampa Bay and the Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish will chasing schools of bait fish out on St Pete Beach. It’s also never too early to be thinking about Tarpon season!
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