Fishing Report December 29, 2017
Winter fishing here in the Tampa Bay area is in full swing. When the weather has cooperated, the bite has been on fire in 50 to 100 feet of water. Windy days have us staying on the shallow flats targeting snook, trout and redfish. The tripletail fishing has been the best we have seen in years. When the breeze is out of the east, we have been locating these fish near the stone crab traps from the north end of Anna Maria Island to Sarasota.
The grouper have been hungry in every depth, from 10 to 100 feet. While bottom fishing, we have hooked up to multiple king mackerel on the flat line. Catch and release amberjack in the fifty pound class are all over the wrecks throughout the Gulf.
Some of the biggest trout of the year are being landed by clients in shallow water and will only continue to get bigger and more plentiful in the coming months.
White bait is still the bait of choice for now and will soon be replaced by shrimp. The sheepshead will begin to show around the docks and bridges and provide food for the table.
Call either Capt. Jon or Capt. Russ to book your next trip.