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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


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 27th-April 9th 2017 Report
04/19/17 4:12 PM
Capt KT

April winds bring May flowers... During the first week of April we seen strong winds all week, starting out of the south at 20-25 knots then ending the week with a strong 20-25 knot winds out of the north as a cool front passed over our area. During the first part of the week fishing was steady with the South wind and the cool front approaching. The end of the week, when the front finally passed ...full report


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 13th-26th 2017 Report
04/19/17 4:11 PM
Capt KT

Cold to HOT... We started the second week of March with the remits of a significant cold front that pushed though the region, leaving us water water temperatures in the high 50\\\'s. The week prior we had water temperatures in the mid to high 70\\\'s, so we have a 20 degree temperature drop which slowed down the Snook, Redfish, and Trout bite. We ended up heading for some deeper water to ...full report


Tampa Bay
11/30/16 10:27 AM
reeltillufeel

Reel Till U Feel Charters, Tampa Bay Fishing Report The Mangrove Snapper bite still remains hot post Hermione. The storm brought a lot of fresh water to the area, along with no sun for a few days helped lower the water temp. While Snapper fishing a few small Gags and Red Groupers were landed. Some Cobia are roaming around eating whatever is presented to them, it always seems like the littler one ...full report


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters September 12th -25th Report
11/30/16 10:27 AM
Capt KT

A touch of Fall... Fishing has been pretty good as we officially make our way into the fall season. Although the weather has not seemed to cool down much you can definitely tell that the fish have started to fall into their fall pattern. Bait has been plentiful out off the beaches of Anna Maria Island, Skyway Bridge, and the shallow grass flats around Anna Maria Island. The Redfish bite has picked ...full report


Crystal River And Homosassa Fishing Report
11/30/16 10:26 AM
Capt Kyle Messier

Welcome to sunny Florida other wise known as ground zero for hurricane season 2016. This year’s hurricane season has already been extremely unforgiving by most Floridians standards with 2 Hurricanes already causing extensive damage on both coasts. First there was Hurricane Hermine that flooded most of the Nature Coast on September 2nd. Roads, homes and many businesses saw between 2-4ft of floodwaters ...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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