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Tampa Fishing Report - August

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On: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 8:20AM | By: Captain Jesse Nofi

With a recent change in water temperature the fish have become more Active and Aggressive. Monster schools of glass minnows are being chased and eaten by blue runners, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bonita, and tarpon. Big bull sharks, and various species of shark are feeding heavily this month with black tips and Atlantic sharp nose to 5+ feet in length. Fishing within a few hours of sunrise or sunset has proven to be the best time for catching Bonita and Mackerel.

Bonnethead sharks are fun on light tackle and we’ve been catching plenty on our charters. Here’s one of my clients from Virginia with a decent bonnethead shark. Bonnetheads are the most prevalent shark in the Hammerhead family for the Tampa, FL area. Our best shark charter this summer yielded 70+ Sharks with 3 or more pushing 5 feet in length. For big groups, shark fishing charters, or fishing the big schools of mackerel and Bonita can provide consistent action on light gear and are a lot of fun in general. It’s common to see dolphins and catch multiple species of fish on our charters. That’s average.

Wednesday last week I had a day off so I did some wade fishing for Snook with my good friend Kenny.

First cast he caught this this big Florida Redfish and it was only a short while before the Snook would chew on the crazy fast new moon tides.

After we each caught two snooks in the 8-10lb class range I reached into the Live well for a Large live bait. A 10 inch or 1lb live Pigfish was my bait. First cast, 5 seconds later, THUMP, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Line peeling off the reel fast. Fish jumps a good 2 feet in the air, 180* Spin, Comes down nose first and takes off towards a submerged piling to try and get away. It was an epic battle.

Overall, Snook fishing has been on fire. We’ve been able to catch a few each charter without specifically targeting them.

Common by catch while Snook fishing includes Flounder, Redfish, Speckled trout, and often Grouper when fishing around heavy structure or near shore rock piles.

Kohl from Alabama caught this big flounder last week towards the end of our charter. We wound up getting some Snook and hit a few inshore rock piles for grouper before we ended the day with this flounder.

Monster black drum are still around and a Target for summer. They take a big bait and fight like a small truck.

Here's Brian from Gainesville with his. One is usually enough for each guest. After one of these you'll be pretty tired out.

Our Fishing boats charter both Inshore, and Offshore fishing for up to Six Guests per boat.
Our rates start at $300 for 2 persons and cost $50 per extra person. (4 Hours) : (You can also add an extra hour for $50.00)
If interested call Captain Jesse @ 727.253.9913 or email

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