Fishing Reports

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Nick called me yesterday afternoon looking to get some last minute fishing in this afternoon after flying in from Ohio. Fortunately I had the afternoon slot open and was able to get him Nick and Bill out. We met in Fort Desoto Park near the......

In spite of 15+ mph NE winds, Jeremy and Ashley met me at Cockroach bay in Ruskin, Fl at 8 am to put the kayaks in. The tide was low and we took our time getting out. Upon arriving to our first spot we threw......

Met Scott around 7:30 in the morning to launch the kayaks into Fort Desoto Park on a very cold and windy day. Conditions were terrible, but we were gonna give it a go anyway. Knowing the fishing might be tough we headed out anyway into......

Met up with Jacob and his dad around 7 am and put their boat in the water. Jacob had recently purchased a new skiff and was having trouble catching big redfish. Fortunately, this is where I come in. We idled out and after a short......

Got out with Sam to do a little scouting for upcoming charters inside Tampa Bay near St. Petersburg. Conditions were overcast, windy and cold but we made the long paddle out anyway knowing there would still be fish to be caught. After almost a two......

This past weekend a large cold front swept through the Tampa Bay area and dramatically altered our weather patterns. Low temps were in the 40’s and high temps were barely in the 70’s. In spite of the cool and breezy conditions Gary and I decided......

Had Carl and his son Eric out for an early morning charter in Fort Desoto Park this morning. We launched around 730 to a low incoming tide and started fishing mullet schools with topwater for trout. The very first cast of the day produced a......

After seeing as many redfish as I had the day before I decided to try fishing them during the afternoon at higher water. Me and Josh met around noon and launched our kayaks near Fort Desoto Park and found fish almost immediately. We wore the......

Had Tai and Kyle out for an early morning charter this past Sunday. We launched our kayaks into Lower Tampa Bay around 7:30 and started by working topwaters around mullet schools during the falling tide. We got into some decent action from trout and an assortment......

Got out with Eugene around 1:30 to look for some redfish near St. Petersburg yesterday in the kayaks. The trip was a little late notice and the weather was not the greatest but we decided to launch anyway. After a decent paddle to the area......

Chrissy met me before dawn to launch the kayaks into lower Tampa Bay to see if we could get on the redfish action. Armed with just artificials we paddled out shortly after sunrise and started looking. With a stiff east wind it made finding them......

Got out with Josh again in Lower Tampa Bay from his Hewes to look for more of the schools of redfish tailing during the afternoon low tide. After netting bait we ran back inside to the intercoastal to start looking. After checking a couple areas......

Met Josh again in St. Pete to drop his skiff in around mid day to catch the low incoming tide. After a few hours of looking we didn’t have much to show for. We had found a couple areas holding fish but they weren’t interested.......

Met my buddy Josh at a boat ramp in St. Pete early in the morning to get out looking for some redfish schools from his skiff. We had low falling water and our initial plan was to look for fish tailing and throw topwaters. We......

Got out in the evening near St. Petersburg around the mouth of Tampa Bay in the kayaks  to look for some schools of redfish tailing during the last few hours of daylight and see if we could find the fish after the sun had gone......

Got Tee out in the kayaks for an afternoon kayak charter. We launched the kayaks at around 4 and paddled out to the area where I have been targeting a school of redfish. Upon arriving to the area it did not take long for me......

Had to reschedule a trip this evening because of impending thunderstorms. The storms ended up clearing and gave us a short window at the end of the day to get out and look for fish. Had a buddy come with me and we headed out......

Had Jack out with me this evening to look for the schools of redfish tailing. We launched our kayaks into Tampa Bay a little after 4 pm and paddled out. Upon arriving to the flat where I anticipated the redfish to be we went over......

Got out for an early morning trip with Sergi and went looking for some redfish schools that have recently moved into the Lower Tampa Bay area. We launched just before sunrise at 6:45 to beat the heat and the boat traffic. After a decent paddle......

Got out with Dave to do some evening redfishing for his birthday. We fished an area inside Tampa Bay that I had not fished as much recently but was confident we could be able to locate some schools of redfish tailing and pushing on the......

We had a somewhat unusual weather pattern this month with lots of storms moving on shore during the morning as opposed to our usual pattern of storms forming inland and moving offshore in the late afternoon. Unable to kayak and still wanting to fish we......

Got a spur of the moment invite from a buddy to make the trip down to Marathon for lobster mini season… spur of the moment to the trip, can I clear my schedule on short notice… of course! We made the drive down the night......

Hooked up the Mitzi Skiff and got out with Ryan to do a little scouting for up coming charters. Fished all around lower Tampa Bay looking for redfish and found several schools before we finally stumbled upon a massive wad of fish, all of which......

I met Dave on the south shore of Tampa Bay in the later afternoon with hopes of getting on some tailing fish I had been targeting around sunset. We paddled out and were not disappointed as we found the school of fish after a little......

Had clients out Friday and Saturday to get on the redfish action in lower Tampa Bay.   On Friday morning we started a little after sun rise and fished the last part of the out going tide through the incoming tide. We had to work......

After being able to successfully target these schools of tailing redfish lately it has attracted a lot of attention from local anglers including long time friend and photographer Sam Root. Sam has established himself as one of the premier photographers in not just the Tampa......

After spending a long 4th of July weekend in Crystal River scalloping we got back Sunday afternoon with enough time to get out on the water and do some scouting for up coming charters. With a low incoming tide just before sunset I felt pretty......

Got Father Carlos and company out yesterday afternoon to get on the tailing redfish madness. As expected the bite was again hot with huge schools of fish pushing wakes and tailing in extremely shallow water, making the perfect opportunity to sight fish one of Florida’s......

A picture of me with a big Sarasota bay trout was recently featured as the cover image for Florida Sportsman Magazine. Shout out to my buddies Cameron Schurlknight and Tayler Brothers for making it happen!       Pick up your copy now before they’re......

Had Terry from Louisiana and his two sons out on May 5 (cinco de mayo) in Fort Desoto Park. They were staying in the camp grounds and wanted to familiarize themselves with the area. The tides weren’t very good the day we went, but we......

Had Matt and his daughter Miranda out this morning in the kayaks on lower Tampa Bay. We got started around 8 am and headed out to some deeper grass flats and channels to fish for a variety of different species. We landed pompano, jack cravelle,......

For the last months my clients have enjoyed a great deal of success targeting large schools of big, over slot sized redfish on the grassflats in and around Tampa Bay.  Spring and fall are the best times of years to find these massive schools of......

With tarpon season along the beaches winding down I’ve been focusing more of my efforts on redfish. I’ve been finding redfish in groups of 5 to several 100, especially during the lower evening tides created by the new and full moon. These fish have been......

From the months of April-August when I’m not in the kayaks I spend my time on the water almost exclusively pursuing tarpon, much of which is done from a power boat. I spend the majority of my tarpon excursions mating for Capt. TommyZ of action-charters......

Today I had the pleasure of taking Selena and Jay from Minnesota out in the kayaks on the flats of Tampa Bay. We are experiencing strong outgoing tides during the evening in correlation to the new moon so I opted to launch at 3 pm......

For the last week we’ve been experiencing a strong east wind in the morning upwards of 12 knots, which has made for difficult paddling conditions. Instead of letting the wind keep us off the water, I’ve altered my tactics and spent much of my time......

Every year starting as early as March and ending as late as November, giant tarpon begin invading Tampa Bay during their annual migration along the gulf coast. These fish can vary in size anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds, with some fish being even bigger!......

Got Kapers out today bright and early to get in on some of the big black drum action from kayaks in Tampa Bay. I told him it would be tough for a weekend with all the boat traffic on the first really nice weekend of......

Got Mike out bright and early to get on the black drum action this morning. We launched just as the sun was rising and were on fish within a half an hour. Fish were tailing in only a few feet of water so we opted......

Launched my kayak this morning around 8 am into Tampa Bay. With an early spring upon us, I had a hunch that with the changing season so would the annual migration of black drum into Tampa Bay arrive. After a brief paddle I began finding......

Fished Charlotte Harbor today with good friend Cameron Schurlknight aboard a Hewes 17 Tailfisher… it’s always nice to get a change of pace away from the kayaks, but always reminds me why I prefer fishing from a kayak as well. At any rate, we launched......

This past Saturday, February 5th, myself and tournament partner Cameron Schurlknight competed in the Hard Core Kayak Angler’s Club (www.hckaclub.com) Tournament Series Event #1 which took place on the south shore of Tampa Bay. The rules are simple, two man teams compete within the designated......

Sorry for the lack of recent updates guys, I’ve been very busy of late and have been neglecting my site, but that’s going to change! So, instead of giving you individual reports from each day I’ve been out so far this past fall and winter,......

Got Mike and Nate out today to do some low tide pothole fishing. We put in at 9:30 and paddled out to my spot. Using Mirrolure golden bream ‘lil john’ baits rigged on Slayer Inc jigheads we managed to catch 50+ trout up to 24″......

Headed down south to fish with my long time fishing buddy and tournament fishing partner Cameron Schurlknight in his home waters of Venice yesterday. We launched our kayaks several hours after sunrise into the Gulf of Mexico and paddled out to catch bait. Our bait......

Put the kayak in this morning inside of Tampa Bay hoping to target some transitioning snook. I chose to target snook this morning because of the good moving outgoing tide which I prefer for snooking fishing. Bait was plentiful, especially finger mullet which is exactly......

With winter time upon us we will begin to see very low tides, some times even negative (below mean low water), that provide excellent sight fishing opportunities for the kayak angler in Tampa Bay. Mike and myself launched our kayaks into the waters of Tampa......

With our first season’s cold fronts and summer officially behind us, kayak fishing remains hot and steady here in Tampa Bay. Negative low tides in the morning will produce great opportunities for kayak anglers in Tampa Bay to access and fish areas otherwise impossible to......

Did a little pre fishing down south in Placida, Fl for the upcoming IFA Kayak Series stop out of Punta Gorda. The tournament is a combination of one redfish and one trout’s combined total inches. There are some pretty good prizes up for grab including......

Got Mike out yesterday to check an area that I had not been to since a year ago last spring. I knew it was a little early in the season for the redfish schools I was looking for to be in this area, but I......

This past Sunday, February 21, I was out on the flats in my kayak on lower Tampa Bay when out of the corner of my eye I noticed two sickles standing out of the water. Having fished offshore by boat before in this area for......

I paddled out in my kayak yesterday on Tampa Bay in some very windy and chill conditions. The area I had chosen was an area I was all too familiar with, but have no visited in several months. The wind was blowing a stiff 15-20......

Put int this morning around 7am and fished the Fort Desoto area. After a short paddle I started seeing tailing redfish in shallow water. The fish were very spooky and the tide was still slack so I decided to move on and continue scouting the......