Kayak Fishing In Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay, actually the entire Tampa Bay area, is always a hot bed for fishing. Presently along the edges of the mangroves & oyster bars there are a ton of red fish lurking. They are spooky but catchable. Use live shrimp with no sinker and allow them to float with the tidal flow past the mangroves & oyster bars. Use live fiddler crabs the same way to catch these tasty fish.
On the grass flats the speckled trout a.k.a. weakfish are lining up to get at the live shrimp as well as greenback minnows. Using a kayak is the best way to slide in among these fish without spooking them. Along the Weedon Island mangroves, the Power plant grass flats & the north Gandy grass flats the fishing is not hing short of great..! Good action, lots of paddling and the weather has been phenomenal…! Dow by the Sky Way bridge the same holds true and my buddies over the bay in the Tierra Ceia area tell me the same thing as do the guys & gals off the mouth of the Alafia River & Cockroach Bay. Kayak fisherman from all over the area are just reeling in the fish…!
At this time of year the temperatures are usually a bit cooler than they have been. This usually drives the fish into deeper waters but with the warm weather this mild winter we are seeing many more catches...! Along the Gulf shores we are seeing a lot of whiting caught with shrimp & sand fleas. Along the edges of the grass flats we are also finding & catching nice sized flounder as well. They like the floating shrimp baits just like the red fish.
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