August Tampa Bay Fishing Report

Tampa Fishing has been so good lately, it has been hard to stop to write a fishing report. We have had excellent tides and great weather. The action is non stop on high tides on the oyster bars and along the right mangroves. The fishing in Tampa Bay for redfish is the best I have seen in a long time. Lots of schools are roaming all parts of the bay. A little stealth goes a long way when targeting redfish. The push pole or a trolling motor are your best friends. Live pilchards, cut pin fish and paddle tail soft plastics will all get it done.

Snook fishing in Tampa Bay is really solid right now as well. Lots of medium size snook are on the south shore and it won’t be long until the big spawning fish return. Fall is so much fun using top water plugs for big snook. When snook fishing current is so important. Find the current and you will find the feeding snook. You should also remember to follow the fish when the water is falling to the deeper edges and potholes. Early mornings with high water can yield spectacular results. Check out Mirrolure for top Tampa Bay snook plugs.

Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Report

In a word tarpon are still my target of choice while Tampa Bay fly fishing. Fish in all size ranges are still available. I have been on dawn patrol when fly fishing for tarpon. Early morning conditions are most favorable to find rolling fish. I have been having success with gurglers and tan shrimp patterns as well as smaller bait fish flies. These tarpon should hang around until October at least, and longer if the weather permits. Snook have also fallen to the crease fly and rabbit strip divers. The snook fly fishing will improve as we transition into fall. Fly fishing Tampa for redfish is also an option with my favorite flies being the bacon bit crab and foxy Clouser minnow. Please visit Tampa Fly Fishing for details.

You can call or text me at 305-340-9863 for more information or to book Tampa fishing charters

Capt. Brandon Henley