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  1. Redfish have really turned on this past week and should begin schooling up in large numbers within the next few weeks. I have been targeting reds around oyster bars and deep mangrove shorelines during the higher tide stages. The last two hours of the incoming tide and the first two hours of the outgoing tide have been producing very well. Most of the fish have come on cutbait, with fresh cut threadfin hearing being the best by far, however live shrimp or greenbacks have also been catching their fare share. Snook have also continued to improve this past week. I have been fishing the south shore of Tampa Bay, basically from Miguel Bay to the Little Manatee River working the outside grass flats and passes. Find moving water with a deeper mangrove edge and some baitfish and Snook are bound to be in the surrounding area. The best bait has been live greenbacks, but live shrimp or the Mirrolure Mirrodine in the greenback color will also trigger strikes. Lastly, Spanish Mackeral are swarming the entire bay area. This past weekend while Tarpon fishing, we were having difficulty keeping baits in the water due to the Spanish Mackeral that were tearing our baits and leaders to shreds. I like to target Mackeral with a live greenback rigged on a No.1 long shank hook connected to 40lb. fluorocarbon leader. Although you will get some bite-offs, I think you definitely get more bites and catch more fish with heavy flourcarbon leader rather than wire. The fish we have been catching are averaging 18 to 20 inches and we have been catching 20 to 30 per trip. <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p>
  2. Snook, Trout and Redfish continued to be my main targets this week. I have been catching my Snook on the south shore of Tampa Bay from Miguel Bay to Piney Point. I am targeting mangrove islands and points on higher tides using live greenbacks and shrimp rigged on a 1/0 circle hook and 25lb. fluorocarbon leader. The fish have been averaging 22 to 25 inches with the largest fish of the week topping out at 29 inches. Redfish have also continued to be consistent this past week. Although, I am not finding the large schools of fish yet, I am finding consistent groups of 5 to 10 fish. I am moving around a lot, working areas that have shell or oyster bottom and good current flow. Live or freshly dead shrimp on a 1/0 circle hook and a small split-shot is my rig of choice when targeting redfish. If you are an artificial enthusiast, the Mirrolure Mirrodine, or a GULP Shrimp on a 1/8<SUP>th</SUP> ounce jighead are great options. Lastly, Trout are still producing and can definitely turn a slow day into a great trip. Most of the fish I have been catching are in the 12 to 15 inch range, but the largest fish of the week was just under 26 inches. DOA golden bream shadtails rigged on a 1/8<SUP>th</SUP> ounce chartreuse jighead, or the Mirrolure Mirrodine are great choices when targeting Trout with artificial baits. When using live bait, a live large shrimp suspended 18 to 24 inches below a popping cork will almost always produce consistent catches.
  3. This past week the fishing started off strong, but with the front moving through on Thursday the fishing, at least for me, slowed considerably. Pre-front the redfish and trout were the main targets with some flounder and mackerel mixed in as bi-catch. I was targeting the higher tide periods around oyster bars in the Ft. Desoto area when looking for redfish. On the higher portion of the tides, the mullet will move up onto the oyster bars and the redfish are usually not far behind. Live greenbacks and/or fresh cut pinfish on a 1/0 circle hook or live Shrimp on a 1/8<SUP>th</SUP> ounce jighead have been my baits of choice. The fish have been averaging 17 to 24 inches. When targeting trout, I was working deep grass edges in about 4 to 6 feet of water. The trout are continuing to make a strong showing with most being in the 13 to 16 inch range. By being patient though we have been able to locate fish in the 24 inch range. DOA shadtails in golden bream, night glow and greenback color have been the most consistent colors. Also, the GULP shrimp in any color has been very effective. Lastly, mackerel are showing both on the flats and around the skyway. A silver spoon or live greenback trolled around the skyway has been working very well. We have also been picking up mackerel while trout fishing on the grass flat edges with jigs and live greenbacks. When using livebait and targeting mackeral, I prefer to use a longshank hook instead of using wire leader and although I do lose some fish, I feel I get more bites. Following the front last Thursday, the redfish bite for me has slowed down. I am still locating the fish, but getting them to eat has been difficult. I think the amount of freshwater that is pouring into the bay is causing this slowdown. I think that in the early part of this week, the redfish should begin feeding strongly again.
  4. In Tampa Bay the water temperature is right and the fish are feeding strong. This past week we have been fishing in the Fort Desoto area catching trout and redfish as our target species with flounder and some small snook as great bi-catch. The Seatrout have been feeding ferociously. We have been using DOA shadtails in golden bream and greenback color or GULP 3 inch new penny shrimp rigged on 1/8 ounce mission fishin jigheads. The trout have been staging on the deeper grass edges in 2 to 5 feet of water and have been averaging 15 to 17 inches with a few going well over 20 inches. This pattern has been producing catches of 20 to 30 fish per day. Redfish have been our second target species this week. I have been searching for redfish on the higher tides around oyster bars and undercut mangrove shorelines. As the tide moves in, the mullet and redfish move up and feed along the edges and on top of the oyster bars. A live shrimp, GULP new penny shrimp or plug of cut pinfish has been working very well. Another hot bait has been the Zara Spook, with topwater catches happening thoughout the day. I like using the gold with black back and the bone color. Both of these have proven to be consistent producers. When looking for redfish, I always first find mullet, and then slow down and work the area looking for gamefish. Lastly, the flounder and small snook have added to our catch this week. The snook I have been finding are moving out of their winter haunts and are on the outside flats. We have been catching them on our topwater Spooks and also on our DOA shadtails while fishing for trout and redfish. For the flounder, we are fishing sand potholes on the grassflats where there is moving water. On the incoming or falling tide, the flounder will stage in these potholes and wait for baitfish and crustaceans to carried by the tide to them. We have been averaging about 10 flounder per trip, with our largest fish of the week being 17 inches. As the whitebait continues to move onto the flats, the flounder and snook fishing should only become better and better. Overall, spring is here and the fish are active and eating. As we move into the summer and the whitebait invades our local waters, the fishing will only continue to heat up.
  5. Captain Rob Salimbene – Mangrove Man Charters June fishing has been a little slow for me this year, but with some hard work and some minor adjustments strategy wise we have been able to put some great days together and make for some memorable times on the water. Tarpon are still throughout the entire Tampa Bay area and within the coming weeks should make another strong showing. Most of the fish have moved offshore to take care of their spawning, but once they come back, they will be hungry and looking to eat. I prefer to fish 60lb. fluorocarbon leader rigged on a 7ft. heavy spinning rod with a 5/0 to 7/0 circle hook depending on the size of the bait. (smaller bait, smaller hook) Egmont Channel or the Sunshine Skyway are great places to start your Tarpon search. The best advice I can give for someone new to Tarpon fishing in these areas is to go out to one of these areas and watch how people are fishing; are they drifting, or anchored, are they using crabs or some type of baitfish, are people hooking up on the downtide or uptide side of the structure? Taking a little time to watch will ultimately lead to making you a better angler and will minimize the chance of you upsetting someone who understands how to fish that particular area. One of the best pieces of Tarpon advice I have ever heard is, “Go slow, like between idle speed and 1500 rpm’s and you will be amazed at how much you can pick up.” Another species I have been fishing the past couple of weeks have been redfish. I have been targeting redfish on the higher tides around oyster bars throughout the entire south bay area. The best bait I have found has been fresh cut threadfin chunks on a 2/0 circle hook. A lot of the areas I have been fishing are heavily pressured, and I believe that the cut threadfin is catching the most fish because it’s unthreatening. Nothing moving, just putting some stink on the bottom. Most of the fish I have been catching have been overslot, however there are a few mixed in that definitely could come home to the dinner table if you choose. Remember keep only what you will eat and revive the fish you put back carefully to make sure they swim off strongly. Lastly, the snapper fishing has picked up nicely and should only continue to get better in the next month. I have been targeting the snapper around the skyway, but all the local bay structures should be holding fish within the coming month. A small live greenback or a fresh piece of cut threadfin has been producing some snapper up to 17 inches. I prefer to chum some cut pieces of threadfin to get the fish active and then begin working hooked baits in the same area. 25lb fluorocarbon leader and a 2/0 circle hook has been producing very well in the past couple weeks. Overall the fishing is very good if you can tolerate the heat. I must say that I was concerned at how the fishing would be this summer following the hard freeze that we had this past winter. As a guide that relied on Snook for the majority of my charter trips, I was not sure how things would work out, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the fishery has held up and even how the Snook have recovered. There are definitely not the same numbers of Snook that we have seen in past years, but I think the future is still positive for our great fishery.
  6. Spring is here and the fish have turned on!!! This is my favorite time of year to fish the bay, because the entire area is alive with life. The fish are chewing, the birds are chirping and the weather is mild and warm. Snook have made their migration out of the backcountry and are on the move toward our local passes and beaches. They are staging up in their usually spring areas before the head to the beaches and are eating with great regularity. I have been using live whitebait, rigged on a 2/0 circle hook and 25lb. leader. Most of the fish have been averaging 20 to 25 inches with the occasional fish over 30. I have been targeting deep mangrove shorelines adjacent to backcountry areas and the fish have been stacking up as they transition to the beaches. Redfish have schooled up and are feeding aggressively around the major and minor solunar periods. I have been free-lining live whitebait around mullet schools in the Ft. Desoto area and the fish have been averaging 24 to 30 inches. These fish are very spooky and there are normally lots of boats out there trying for the same fish, so be courteous and move around slowly and there should be plenty of fish for everyone. Trout have also come back strong to our area. I have caught 2 Trout within the past week that have been over 25 inches and 5lbs. The Trout have been mixed in with the mullet schools and have been tearing up live whitebait fished under corks. They key to this type of fishing is the mullet. Move around until you find mullet and then quietly stop the boat and start pitching baits into the school. Fresh cutbait also works well for this type of fishing. A little patience and some great catches can be had. Spring is a great time of year in the bay area. Take the family out and try some of these tactics and I am sure you will put some fish in the boat. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> Captain Rob Salimbene Mangrove Man Charters
  7. With the warming temperatures the fishing has picked up and the Snook are on fire. I have been catching most of my Snook during the major solunar periods around the new and full moons where there is a majority of the tidal movement. Greenbacks have been my bait of choice rigged on a 1/0 circle hook and about 18 to 24 inches of 30lb. fluorocarbon leader. Look for the Snook to continue to move towards our local beaches and passes as they make their way out of the backcountry areas to spawn. Remember that these Snook will end up being our breeder stock, so revive these fish well, and make sure they swim off strongly. Redfish have also continued to be a strong target with most of my catches recently being overslot. I have been working the outside spoil islands of the Ft. Desoto park area and have been targeting deeper mangrove shorelines and oyster areas. Although live greenbacks work very well, lately I have been using a fresh chunk of cut ladyfish rigged on a 1/8<sup>th</sup> ounce jighead. This allows me to put the bait up under the mangrove line and still have a heavy enough hook to pull the redfish from the groves once they bite. Usually where we catch one, we can find more, so stay quiet and put some extra baits in the water and you should have some consistent catches on ice so you can enjoy them in the oven later. Lastly, the Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish have begun their migration into our local waters and should start showing up in great numbers within the next two to three weeks. I have been targeting the Mackerel over our local bay artificial reefs using cut Greenbacks on a No.1 long shank hook. Because of the long shank, I can get away with not using wire leaders and I feel I get more bites because of it. I have been chumming hard when I first anchor down and then letting the scent trail of my chum bring the Mackerel to me. Mackerel can be great eating fish if they are packed in ice as soon as they hit the deck…so once you get them on board, get them. Overall the fishing in the bay is going off, and is only going to get better for the next few weeks and months, so get out there and put some fish in the boat! <o:p></o:p>
  8. Well, it was inevitable that we would eventually get some cooler weather and with the onset of January, the weather has finally caught up with us. The hot fishing and hot weather we were experiencing through December has cooled off and our fishing has slowed. Warm one week, cool the next has the fish a little confused and on kind of an odd pattern for this time of year. I have been catching Snook along the south shore of Tampa Bay from the Skyway to Simmons Park using live whitebait, although I think with the cooler temperatures, shrimp will be the bait of choice in the upcoming weeks. When the water cools down, fish get lethargic. Imagine you are floating around in cold water, what happens to your body? You get slow, its hard to move, and you lack energy. Fish are the same way. With our cooling waters, look for the Snook bite to slow down. The fish will be moving to warm water areas such as dark bottom backcountry areas, local residential canals, and our local rivers. If you are targeting Snook, focus your fishing on some of these areas and you should continue to have some decent catches. Seatrout have come back into season around the bay area and the fish are making a pretty good showing. A couple years ago, Trout fishing was almost wiped out due to the red-tide that decimated out area, but the Trout have rebounded and the fishing is regaining its prowess. Look for Trout on all our local grass flats where water is moving and there is speckled bottom.(grass and sand mixed) I have been catching my Trout on everything from DOA shrimp under a popping cork, to live whitebait. Remember if you are not going to keep the Trout, try to handle them as little as possible and put them back carefully so they can keep adding to our stocks. Lastly, I have been targeting Mangrove Snapper around deeper structure in the Bay. Cut whitebait, or shrimp has been producing well during new and full moon periods. Moving water is key to this type of fishing, so find water movement, and you should find some happy fish. I like using as light a leader as possible when targeting Snapper, so I use 20lb. fluorocarbon tied with a loop-knot to a No.1 or 2 circle hook, and a small split shot. All in all fish are still there to be had so put in your time and you can have some decent catches. Wintertime fishing is here, so let’s bide our time and July will be here before we know it.
  9. Tampa Bay is alive and well and the fish are coming through in great numbers. Snook have been feeding actively around the solunar periods in all of our local canals, and rivers. With our current warm conditions, the snook bite has been producing some great catches, but look for these fish to slow down slightly when the next cold front roles through. I have been using freelined greenbacks, or live shrimp on a No. 1 circle hook and the fish have been averaging 18 to 23 inches. Trout are grouped up in huge numbers on all our local grass flats as they begin to spawn. I have been targeting these fish using DOA deadly combo's in either glow or golden bream color. Although trout are out of season to keep, they offer a great fun and are perfect for a day on the water with kids, where most of the time quantity is more important that quality. The trout have been averaging 16 to 18 inches with a few coming in at over 23 inches. Redfish are producing well after cold fronts when they are becoming more active. I have been fishing the lowest tide I can find and working the incoming water period. The fish have been shallow, I mean real shallow, so get your boat, or wade in as close as you can to the shore around oyster bars or deep troughs and let the water rise. I find that as the mullet go, so do the redfish, so as the water rises and the areas get deeper look for the mullet and the redfish shouldn't be too far behind. All in all the fishing is going great...so tight lines and good fishing!
  10. Tampa Bay is alive and well and the fish are coming through in great numbers. Snook have been feeding actively around the solunar periods in all of our local canals, and rivers. With our current warm conditions, the snook bite has been producing some great catches, but look for these fish to slow down slightly when the next cold front roles through. I have been using freelined greenbacks, or live shrimp on a No. 1 circle hook and the fish have been averaging 18 to 23 inches. Trout are grouped up in huge numbers on all our local grass flats as they begin to spawn. I have been targeting these fish using DOA deadly combo's in either glow or golden bream color. Although trout are out of season to keep, they offer a great fun and are perfect for a day on the water with kids, where most of the time quantity is more important that quality. The trout have been averaging 16 to 18 inches with a few coming in at over 23 inches. Redfish are producing well after cold fronts when they are becoming more active. I have been fishing the lowest tide I can find and working the incoming water period. The fish have been shallow, I mean real shallow, so get your boat, or wade in as close as you can to the shore around oyster bars or deep troughs and let the water rise. I find that as the mullet go, so do the redfish, so as the water rises and the areas get deeper look for the mullet and the redfish shouldn't be too far behind. All in all the fishing is going great...so tight lines and good fishing!