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    Default Good bite in Tampa Bay

    Today was day 3 of my latest visit to Tampa to fish with Neil Taylor of Strike Three Kayak Fishing. The weather has been outstanding each day with highs in the low 80s, lows in the 60s, and calm wind. My recent trips here this winter dealt with cold fronts and windy days -- the weather is much nicer this time. The fish are biting well too.


    On the first two days we concentrated on speckled trout and caught many large trout to 21".

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    Today we looked for other species and did well in catching 10 species -- all on light tackle and lures. We began jigging a small metal jig and fly teaser. I caught acrobatic and hard-pulling ladyfish on my first 3 casts and on 10 of the first 14 casts -- it was a great way to start the day! I added a spanish mackerel and a lane snapper. Neil caught two pompano, a pufferfish called striped burrfish, and a sea robin.
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    After the jigging bite slowed down, we began casting to grass flats and sand patches to catch speckled trout, several gulf flounder (three large black spots), and my first Florida bluefish.

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    I spent some time casting to mangrove islands and caught two snook.

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    It was a very pleasant morning. I have one more day to fish tomorrow -- we are likely to try a different location and hope to catch a redfish.
    John Veil
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    Great outings John.

    Please dial up that weather and action for our next trip south.
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    That sounds like an awesome day!! Glad you are getting into them.
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    Nice going John, neat variety of fish down there. Are you fishing on the south side of Tampa Bay, near Anna Maria Island?

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    That's good living John. Great weather and great fishing. Bring us some sunshine back with you!

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    thanks for the report! looks fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanMarino View Post
    Nice going John, neat variety of fish down there. Are you fishing on the south side of Tampa Bay, near Anna Maria Island?
    We fished in different areas each of the four days. They ranged geographically from the south end of the Skyway bridge north to Dunedin.
    John Veil
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    Glad the trip was a good one for you. Great weather, great fishing, and I am sure a few cold ones at the pub to finish off the day. Great combination!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.A. Veil View Post
    Today was day 3 of my latest visit to Tampa to fish with Neil Taylor of Strike Three Kayak Fishing. The weather has been outstanding each day with highs in the low 80s, lows in the 60s, and calm wind. My recent trips here this winter dealt with cold fronts and windy days -- the weather is much nicer this time. The fish are biting well too.


    On the first two days we concentrated on speckled trout and caught many large trout to 21".

    specs.jpg

    Today we looked for other species and did well in catching 10 species -- all on light tackle and lures. We began jigging a small metal jig and fly teaser. I caught acrobatic and hard-pulling ladyfish on my first 3 casts and on 10 of the first 14 casts -- it was a great way to start the day! I added a spanish mackerel and a lane snapper. Neil caught two pompano, a pufferfish called striped burrfish, and a sea robin.
    004.jpg 002.jpg 003.jpg pompano 2.jpg IMGP0006.jpg IMGP0004.jpg


    After the jigging bite slowed down, we began casting to grass flats and sand patches to catch speckled trout, several gulf flounder (three large black spots), and my first Florida bluefish.

    005.jpg bluefish.jpg

    I spent some time casting to mangrove islands and caught two snook.

    001.jpg


    It was a very pleasant morning. I have one more day to fish tomorrow -- we are likely to try a different location and hope to catch a redfish.
    Last time I was down there, John, we headed over to the boat docks and used live bait for the big snook- and the baby tarpon- the Jack Cravelle ate us up but they were spectacular fighters on light spinning gear...we hooked a Cuda that spooled the reel...
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    Nice job John. I can't wait to get back down there with a kayak again. That area is an amazing fishery. I've always used live bait when I go down there. I'll have to give artificials a try next time.

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