Tampa Bay Fishing Charters

Know Your Tides To Find Fish

Report Date: January 19, 2015

Fishing has been a little inconsistent with the water temperature fluctuating so much this winter; fish are confused on what to do. But we do have our negative low tides which concentrates the fish in to certain areas making them an easier target. Top of the incoming tides have been best under the mangroves and around oyster bars for redfish using live shrimp free lined or on a float along with artificial lures like a jerk baits rigged weedless can be really effective.

The trout bite has been steady; gulp shrimp on a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig head has been producing good numbers, work it slow and I mean reel slow on the bottom as they can be lethargic this time of year not wanting to use too much energy. The bite has been good early in the morning and towards the evening. When the days are a little tough, you can always try the power plants outflows for pompano, permit and don’t forget about the somewhat overlooked jack crevalle which is always willing to eat anything you can throw at it.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dustin Hilliard
(727) 487-3045


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