No trace of red tide in upper Tampa Bay.

Cownose Stingray.

My last three bookings came from anglers staying in hotels on Pinellas County beaches. The first thing they asked me was about the fishing in the bay since red tide continues to plague the Pinellas coastline and kill fish.

That is not the case where I’m fishing. As a matter of fact, the fishing is pretty good but I’m only catching a few snook and redfish right now, because the water is too cold and they’re lethargic. What I am catching is seatrout, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, jack crevalle, ladyfish, bonnethead sharks and stingrays. As an added bonus, you’ll see plenty of manatees and dolphins up close and personal.

I know what you’re thinking! I came to Florida to catch snook and redfish. Well, come back in a couple of months, because we just experienced the coldest Christmas in 40 years and the water temperature is still in the low 60s.

Most people visiting our area just want to feel something on the end of their line this time of year. If that’s you, book me and let’s go have a good time. No matter what time of year, something is always biting in Tampa Bay.

Remember, “if you’re not fishing, you’re not catching!”

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