Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fishing Report - by Capt. Rick Reddick of Tampa Fishing Charters

"While the fishing on the flats has been slow, quality fish can be found in the deeper rivers and canals. On a recent charter I decided to go fish some of my fall and spring snook spots. And to my surprise. the fishing was pretty good. It seems that this year the fish patterns are running a little behind for certain species. For instances, white bait has been hard to find. Usually, the bridges are loaded with nice size green backs, but this year it has taken time to chum the on the flats to get enough bait for a trip. The red fish are starting to show up in places that the usually frequent in May.

Tarpon fishing is still steady, but river snook fishing always gets me excited. The snook in the rivers like good moving water. On a two tide day, I would fish the strongest part of the tide. On normal tide days, just make sure that you do not have a stagnate period during the cycle.
When fishing the rivers do not be scared of fresh water. The fish will be there. Big baits is also a key. If you have never experienced this type of fishing give me a call. Battle large snook and red fish in our Tampa bay area rivers is defiantly a special experience.

Captain Rick Reddick
Tampa Fishing Charters |Tampa Fishing Guides

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Charter Captain in Local Resources: Capt: Jay Schroeder

I wanted to let everyone know that I have another Charter Captain that is listed in the LOCAL RESOURCES section of my site. Capt. Jay Schroeder of he specializes in customized fishing trips covering the entire Tampa Bay area and everything from Scalloping to Black Drum to night fishing trips! He fishes out of a fully rigged 22' Century Flats boat and is ready to book those night trips for big SNOOK. Contact him at

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

46" Cobia caught near Gandy Bridge

One of my website visitors Mr. Dung Luu sent me this nice picture of him holding this nice 46" Cobia, he caught near the Gandy bridge on a Live Pin Fish. Thanks for the Picture Love seeing us regular fisherman catching these nice fish.

Tight lines, Trevor

Sunday, July 10, 2011

After the Storms Redfishing

We hit the water at about 7am, finally the rain stopped and the storms in the afternoon were of no concern. We headed to some of the local flats off Dunedin. First we found pods of bait just hitting the surface and BIG trout hangin underneath the bait just feeding. We hooked about 10 a little undersized then found 2 that were well over the 20" and then decided to look for Redfish..I know "Never Leave Fish to Find Fish" But we needed to get a Redfish as we moved towards the nice grass flats we tossed into a few bait schools and had ONE Huge hit that hooked up and then got off. However we saw the school we were looking for Bad thing is it was a BIG SCHOOL of Redfish and the reason thats BAD is because they WERE too Big. Which could be a good thing, the fight was tremendous and after two landed and released and another broke off we decided to call it a Day The Reds were just TOO BIG to keep. An Excellent day of fishing and we actually never had the bite let up.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Tarpon Fishing Report by Capt. Rick Reddick

Fishing Report provided by: Tampa Fishing Charters 813-787-0249
"The Tampa Bay tarpon bite is still good. Fish are being caught around the Skyway Bridge in the 50 to 100lb class, with an occasional 150lber in the mix. The bait of choice has been pass crabs on the full moon tides. This type of fishing is very exciting. It is a great challenge to chase this fish in between the bumper. The common tactic is to anchor on the slower tides and then drift on the stronger ones. On the out going tides the eddies on the west side of the bridge have been the ticket.
Out on the beaches and in the passes the fish are bigger and the bait of choices has been live or cut thread fins. Drifting or anchoring can both produce fish.In these places it is very exciting to see these fish breach right before they bite your baits. Tarpon fishing is my favorite time of year and the bite is strong right now. It brings me no great pleasure to put my clients on these fish."

Thanks Capt. Rick Hopefully a couple of my web visitors can take advantage of your experience and you can put them onto some of these big fish.