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Central West Region

There are 8 great counties in the Central West Region, centered around Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. They are Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties.

Captain Reports


Crystal River And Homosassa Fishing Report
08/12/16 12:33 PM
Capt Kyle Messier

Well, it’s been an epic scallop season for the Nature Coast so far this year. The relatively dry weather (up until last week) has resulted in the clearest water in years, and the biggest crop of scallops this decade. In recent weeks many scallopers have been finding an abundance of scallops loaded with barnacles on them. This is a healthy sign for our scalloping grounds considering that barnacles ...full report


Tampa Bay Fishing Report
08/08/16 9:38 AM
reeltillufeel

Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report The Mangrove Snapper has been the hottest bite on the bay and one of the best that I\\\'ve seen in years. The last few charters the anglers have wanting fish for a cook out. Mango\\\'s are one of the best tasting fish that comes out of the bay and not a bad fight on light tackle when you\\\'re faster than the fish. Some rod bending ...full report


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 18th-30th Report
08/08/16 9:37 AM
Capt KT

Fishing has been as Hot as the weather... This time of the year inshore fishing traditional slows down a little bit as our water temperature rises to the 90 degree mark, but as of lately fishing has been remarkably good. The daily afternoon thunderstorms have keep the water temperature in the mid 80\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s which has keep the fish biting. Bait is everywhere from the grass flats around ...full report


Tampa Bay Florida
07/20/16 10:48 AM
reeltillufeel

Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report HOT, the muggy hot air has turned fishing times to early morning and sun set fishing. The early morning incoming tide has had a bite cooler water. Fry bait is everywhere right now and has had the Spanish Mackerel busting up the schools of bait. The fry bait is the perfect size for the one bite Mangrove Snappers. Bridges are hold a lot of the Mangos ...full report


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 4th-16th Report
07/20/16 10:47 AM
Capt KT

Summer heat is in full effect... Summer is here to stay for the next couple months, which means the small bait has shown up. We have all the small bait (pilchards) you want on the flats around Anna Maria Island, just make sure you are throwing a 1/4\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" mesh net or you will have a Christmas tree of bait on your hands and a lot of clean up. The Trout fishing has still been strong ...full report


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Angler Reports


HERNANDO LAKE In Hernando Fl
02/21/13 2:36 PM
caseycourterier

I am new to the area, and have not had much time to fish the lake, but in the past three trips I have been killing the jumbo Bluegills and Black Crappie. I am originally from Northern Michigan so that's what we call them. I think down here they may be called Bream and Specs, I'm not sure though. On 2/15/13 I caught 12 gills the largest on was 12.5 inches long and 6.75 inches from top to bottom. ...full report


Anclote Fishing Pier
08/13/12 11:13 PM
scangler

We took our kayak out on the Anclote River for some morning fishing. Bites were steady from 6:30 AM until 8:30 AM. We were landing keeper Mangrove Snappers with live shrimp on a cork. We also landed a small Flounder and 6lbs. Sheepshead using Gulp® Sand Fleas on a red jig. From 8:30AM until 10:30AM, action stopped dead, other than pinfish and other small fish stealing our bait. As we were reeling ...full report


Venice South Jetty To Englwood
07/28/11 1:26 AM
Richie

My clients in the Venice beach area have brought news of Blacktips along the beaches. The largest one this week I have seen was 3 feet long, caught on live shrimp. Large Flounder, the biggest one 20 inches are also along the beaches. The best technique I know and heard used this week was using pieces of squid cut into strips and then threaded onto a jig head, bounced off the bottom with a lift-pause-reel, ...full report


Venice
07/05/11 3:31 AM
Richie

Richie27" Snook6/30/11 Caspersons BeachThe Snook have been hitting on shrimp, Pinfish, small white jigs as well as top water baits during the mornings & throughout the afternoon. Early evening, watch near rock piles and lighted areas such as bridge bumpers where these fish have been holding. Top water baits resembling small Baitfish are the most effective for night time. For Redfish, outgoing ...full report


Pasco County Florida
04/19/11 12:25 PM
ESalt

Pasco County waters have been heating up, with a number of King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Trout being caught in virtually any depth of water. The tides have been strong, and so has the bite on live and artificial baits. Movement of the bait has been the key to targeting different species. Faster movements with flashy baits will produce the Kings and Spanish. Slower movement on the top ...full report


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