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Articles By Captain Ray Markham


Catching Sweaty Fish
Catching Sweaty Fish
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:13AM by Captain Ray Markham

While the heat of summer continues to produce some sweltering days that cause sweat to soak your shirt, we’ve... Read More


Mackerel Mania Has Arrived
Mackerel Mania Has Arrived
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 9:02AM by Captain Ray Markham

They’re oily but tasty when fresh, have razor sharp teeth, are swift swimmers, and eat like teenagers.... Read More


Fish Don't Get A Holiday
Fish Don't Get A Holiday
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 11:31AM by Captain Ray Markham

What do fishing guides do on their days off? I can't speak for everyone but most of the time, I go fishing,... Read More


Bottom Flounder Pounders
Bottom Flounder Pounders
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 11:05AM by Captain Ray Markham

The fall season brings cooler and shorter days. The reality of the change for me is when Daylight Savings... Read More


Cool Changes Underway
Cool Changes Underway
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:12AM by Captain Ray Markham

After days of heavy rains recently, clearing and cooler weather followed. The skies dumped over 10 inches... Read More


Quick Hot & Cold Extremes  Can Lead to Lukewarm Fishing
Quick Hot & Cold Extremes Can Lead to Lukewarm Fishing
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 9:12AM by Captain Ray Markham

The past few weeks the Suncoast weather has been crazy. Coming off one of the warmest winter starts that... Read More


Reader's Catch: Flounders Abound
Reader's Catch: Flounders Abound
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 1:02PM by Captain Ray Markham

George Spence (L) and friend, Chris Canada (R) with a pair of hefty Tampa Bay Flounder caught while fishing... Read More


Let The Feeding Frenzy Begin!
Let The Feeding Frenzy Begin!
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 8:59AM by Captain Ray Markham

The past several weeks have been off the charts in terms of fish chewing. While it’s not been an all... Read More


Fall For Fishing
Fall For Fishing
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 9:05AM by Captain Ray Markham

I love this time of year for fishing. Fall fishing can be some of the most explosive fishing of the year,... Read More


Mixed Weather Brings in Summer in Terra Ceia
Mixed Weather Brings in Summer in Terra Ceia
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 10:08AM by Captain Ray Markham

The past several months I’ve been extremely busy chasing Snook, Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Pompano,... Read More


Winter or Spring Fishing? Which is it?
Winter or Spring Fishing? Which is it?
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:21AM by Captain Ray Markham

Judging by the temperature you may never know it’s still winter, and I believe even some fish are befuddled... Read More


Is This The New Normal?
Is This The New Normal?
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 9:25AM by Captain Ray Markham

Just when you were starting to think that this abnormally warm weather was settling in and the new year was... Read More


2012 fishing goes out on a high note
2012 fishing goes out on a high note
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:05AM by Captain Ray Markham

After some bouts with red tide and fish that just didn’t feel much like eating because of it, the final... Read More


A Whiff Of Red Tide Makes For Some Mixed Results
A Whiff Of Red Tide Makes For Some Mixed Results
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 11:10AM by Captain Ray Markham

For well over a month, areas from Charlotte Harbor to Tampa Bay have been plagued with bouts of red tide... Read More


Stay Flexible During Fall/Winter Yo-Yo Weather
Stay Flexible During Fall/Winter Yo-Yo Weather
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 5:06PM by Captain Ray Markham

Over the past month, the weather has changed from hot to cold, calm to windy, and back and forth all over... Read More


Water Temperatures Falling  With The Season
Water Temperatures Falling With The Season
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 1:03PM by Captain Ray Markham

Over the past couple of weeks the water temperature near the mouth of Tampa and Terra Ceia Bays has dropped... Read More


Fall Changes Pick Up The Fishing Pace
Fall Changes Pick Up The Fishing Pace
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:26AM by Captain Ray Markham

Sometimes very subtle changes in the atmosphere create big changes on the fishing front. Fish feel the cooler,... Read More


Cooler Water Produces A Hot Bite On Top
Cooler Water Produces A Hot Bite On Top
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 5:56PM by Captain Ray Markham

With all the rain lately, water temperatures have maintained a mid-80s level. Fish have been more active... Read More


Bulls Eyes For Flatties
Bulls Eyes For Flatties
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 4:18PM by Captain Ray Markham

Flounder have been a top target aboard the Flat Back II this past week. These great-eating fish are around... Read More


Moving Water Creates Feeding Zones
Moving Water Creates Feeding Zones
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:19AM by Captain Ray Markham

Fish powered up in feeding zones this past week on the moving water–spawned by last Wednesday’s... Read More