Big three. Fishing in the Tampa Bay area has finally recovered from the hex that the supermoon brought us. The inshore bite has been pretty good with our big three: snook, redfish and trout. When I say big three, I am not talking about size — but popularity.
Tarpon time. The tarpon bite has also been very good and should only get better as our crabs are starting to flush out on the hill tides. I was told by a Florida Fresh Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scientist that there is something in the crabs that a tarpon needs to help their spawn. Funny sometimes how nature works. Tarpon certainly are eating other baits as well, but really like the crabs during this time. It's like eating popcorn at the movies or a hotdog at a baseball game. It's just the way it should be.
Mackerel. King mackerel and Spanish mackerel are a good option as well right now, and if cleaned and prepared the correct way, there is a good fish dinner at the end of the day.
Sharks and company. Another species that is hot right now is sharks. There is no better time to catch a nice shark than the present. That seems to be a bigger interest from out-of-town anglers than from the locals, but if a big battle interests you, then a shark is a good bet. We have seen a few keeper red grouper in the boat lately, but most of our grouper catches have been undersize fish. Remember: don't let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing.
Ric Liles fishes out of Tampa, Ruskin, Bradenton and the surrounding areas and can be reached at (813) 601-2900, via email at CaptainRic@msn.com or at ReelSimpleFishing.com.