Tampa Bay fishing charters have been crazy lately. I have been guiding almost every day, and putting the finishing touches on a wedding. I married the love of my life Leslie on July 30th and hosted my family at Indian Rocks Beach during that week. I managed to get my dad out fishing a couple of times during the week despite an almost constant downpour. It has rained at least some everyday for over a month now. It has been frustrating to say the least, but it has cooled the water down and the lack of fishing pressure shows.

Tampa Bay Fishing Charters Report

 I am still finding tarpon on my Tampa Bay fishing charters. They aren’t as thick as they were, but some of my spots are still very consistent. An early start has been the key on my tarpon fishing charters. We have put some big tarpon in the air right at daybreak. Snook fishing on the beach has been tough in the clouds. I prefer to sight fish for these big girls and the weather has made it almost impossible. They can be a blast fly fishing at night as well.

The redfish bite is great provided you stay in areas that have high salinity. As always mid day I have been looking very tight to the mangroves. I would definitely say the average fish right now is over slot. The fishing will continue to improve as the month goes on, and redfish will be the hottest bite. I always get excited this time of year. I start looking forward to the fall fishing in the Tampa Bay area. The crowds thin, the temps are just right and the fishing is out of this world. It simply does not get better than fishing Tampa Bay in the fall.

Tight Lines, Capt. Brandon Henley

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