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At On The Mark Charters our specialty is chasing big snook and redfish. It’s Captains Steven’s passion hunting two of Tampa Bay’s premiere game fish on local flats and numerous Mangrove Islands. Make no bones about snook and redfish are labeled glamour species for several reasons. They can be fickle, evasive and at times next to impossible to get to chew. It’s common for me to book local anglers who are frustrated by never catching snook and want to learn the how to. A day with a good Captain will shorten you learning curve immensely.

I pride myself on putting my clients on their very first snook. Watching a snook or redfish slam live bait in shallow water is an amazing and exhilarating experience. Watching my anglers face light up as they do battle with their first red or snook is always a treat.

I was not on the water Wednesday but got several reports. Captain Jim Fesperman of Hook Setting Charters report Gator trout to 28” were feeding aggressively in lower Tampa Bay. The trout are taking white baits free lined in 2-6’ of water. Top water and sub surface lures are also scoring big gator trout.

I also received several Mackerel reports which were all outstanding. Inside Tampa Bay and local beaches are loaded with these toothy speedsters ready to eat every silver spoon tossed at them. Mackerel action can be nonstop and tons of fun on light tackles.

Bait is finally showing up on local flats. Anglers not wanting to toss a cast net in deep water around local bridges can now chum white baits boat side in 3’ of water. Be patient as it may take 15-20 minutes to get the white baits balled up and ready for you to toss your net.

Captain Steven Markovich


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