Entries by wpfishwade

A Look Ahead in Tampa Bay

September will be here in a couple of weeks, but don’t plan on keeping any snook for dinner. Not since the big 2010 winter snook kill have we had a harvest closure on the west coast. Estimates put the total number of snook deaths at one million, statewide due to that year’s freeze. Who knows […]

It’s Whats For Dinner!

The Spanish mackerel fishing is excellent right now, and they’re good table fare. The key to having tasty mackerel fillets is to ice the fish down the second you bring them on the boat. Some people swear you should bleed them also. I’ve done it, and I don’t think it made a difference in taste. […]

It’s Time to Fish!

The northern tarpon migration, which coincides with their pre-spawn ritual, brings thousands upon thousands of tarpon to our area is in full swing. This gives anglers a shot at some of the best Tarpon fishing in the world during May and June. There are many techniques used to hook one of these beasts, but two […]

April Fishing at its Best!

Finally, the Tampa Bay water temperature is in the 70’s to stay and it’s only going to increase from here on. Once the water temperature hits the fishes’ confront level, they become more active and in turn, very hungry. The snook fishing has been ready good all year long in certain locations, but now they’re […]

Tampa Bay Fish are Alive and Well!

As I take reservations for March and April, the number one question I’m asked is, what about the red tide? Last year’s red tide finally dissipated during the fall, so the white sandy beaches are back to normal and clear of dead fish. However, the inshore fishing along the coast is far from being normal. […]

Time For The Big Ones!

It’s primetime for tarpon. The most exciting way to target tarpon is to cruise along the beach during the early morning hours and wait to see tarpon rolling. When tarpon break the surface, their shimmering backs can be seen from hundreds of yards away. After spotting some fish, I’ll sit tight for a few minutes and […]

Finding the Best Fishing Spots Possible

What a wonderful time my two son’s and I had with Wade. His knowledge and aggressive approach to finding the best fishing spots possible made our excursion with him that much better. Not only did he act as our guide, but he was our teacher. My son’s learned more about fishing in the four hours […]

The Afishionado 100 Snook Club Has New Members

Back during the winter of 2015, I had four different charter clients who caught and released over 100 snook. The numbers were as follows: 112, 103, 123 and 110. After the first milestone, I established the Afishionado 100 Snook Club. Well, I’m happy to say that Pedro, Gus and Regan, topped the record with 125 […]