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Redfish Can Take the Heat

0810ethan redfishAugust promises 90 degree days for both fishermen and fish as local inshore water temperatures have been holding at ninety of better for the last few weeks.  Although fishing will slow a little bit with the heat, a strong tide can be enough to keep our usually dependable redfish biting. On the last strong tide phase, redfish cooperated at the peak of the tide as well as the higher part of the outgoing tide...and the fish were BIG.  On several days, customers went home fishless as the only redfish to see the inside of the boat were 28 to 30 inches.  With weaker tides through this week, expect better fishing this weekend and into the beginning of next week.  Pinfish bobbered half a foot off the bottom or chunks of cut pinfish fished on the bottom have been most effective...logical since that's the bait they would be finding up on the flats this time of year.

Big Snook on the Prowl

Tampa Fishing Charter for Big SnookSnook fishing has only improved in the last few weeks and the hardest fish to catch appear to be the small ones.  With the exception of one or two trips, the majority of the fish caught have been in the 30 inch class or better.    Some of the battles have been nothing short of spectacular.  The 16 lbs fish pictured was "sight fished" in three feet of water.  A whitebait was thrown five feet in front of this fish as it swam down the beach with a fish of equal size.  It ate the bait and immediately charged the boat, took a hard left a few feet off the bow, and then burned off another 30 yards of line before jumping.  After several more shorter runs and jumps, the fish was landed, photographed and released unharmed.  Snook season is currently closed and fish cannot be harvested but after a fight like this beautiful specimen put on, it was a pleasure to let it go.
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