Fishing here in the Tampa Bay area has not been disappointing these past few weeks. We have been catching tarpon under Skyway Bridge and near Egmont Key. There are also a few pods starting to show up on the beaches. Off shore, the permit bite has been good and a few cobia are being caught. Goliath grouper and barracuda seem to keep us busy while waiting for the other species to start feeding. Kingfish have not been as plentiful as in years past but the grouper and snapper bite makes up for that.
In shore, snook trout and redfish have been the most popular targets. There seems to be more snook on the flats this year than I can remember. Redfish are still being caught around the oyster beds and close to the mangrove shorelines and the trout action has been good on the deeper grass flats.
These next couple of months should provide some of the best fishing of the year.
Capt. Russ Schnering
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