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The weather is not the only thing that is hot right now.  The summer heat is here but with it comes some of the best fishing action of the year.  Fishing the flats and mangrove shorelines for snook, redfish, and trout is still consistent, but the best action has been for tarpon, cobia, sharks, snapper, and grouper.             

Fishing for big snook has been really good, especially early in the mornings before the sun starts to heat things up too much.  The trick is to make sure that tide is moving good and give them a few freebies to get them in the feeding mood .   This was Becky’s personal best from last week at 40 inches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Although the spring and summer giant snook have really stolen the show, the redfish and trout action has been steady as well.  The key to keeping the rods bent is to fish the higher parts of the tide and slowing down your presentation.

 

Although the flats fishing has been good and will continue to steadily produce, big tarpon, cobia, and sharks are the headliners of our summer tour.   There are still plenty of all three roaming the bay but will start to migrate out over the next month or so.

Tarpon are not just for the boys…..in fact I’ve found that girls are usually good luck when chasing the silver king!  Fishing for big sharks is absolutely on fire right now.  Giant bull sharks and hammerheads in the 8-12 ft. range are all over the bay right now and once hooked provide a great challenge to even the most seasoned anglers.

Cobia fishing is also in full swing and is a great bet on the slower moving and slack parts of the tide.   They are one of my favorite fish to eat and sight fishing for cobia can be incorporated into any of our Tampa Fishing Charters!

Below are a couple more great pics our clients sent us from recent trips.
Whether your goal is a cooler full of fish for dinner or you want to battle with some of Florida’s biggest gamefish, this is a great time to get out on the water.  Feel free to call me at 813-205-2327 with any questions or to book your fishing adventure!

Captain Matt Santiago