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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


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


Crystal River And Homosassa Fishing Report
07/20/16 10:47 AM
Capt Kyle Messier

July’s beautiful weather and sunny skies have led to perfect fishing and scalloping conditions here along the Nature Coast of Florida. This perfect weather scenario couldn’t have come at a better time either. Here along the Nature Coast our opening week of Scallop Season was truly a historic one with copious amounts of tasty scallops making for very happy snorkelers. This great weather has also ...full report


Tampa Bay To Sarasota
02/17/16 9:13 AM
anna maria island fishing

Tampa Bay January Fishing Report Anna Maria Island fishing remains strong. The water has cooled a bit since my last report as it tries to get back down to more normal temperatures for this time of year. It can be tricky fishing when the water temps hit that low 62 to 63 degree mark. The fish kind of want to be in the springtime spots but kind of want to be in their winter spots; sometimes they ...full report


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters January 2016 Report
02/17/16 9:12 AM
Capt KT

Well before we start talking about the new year lets start out with December... In December every year I commercial fish for mullet in the world renowned mullet run. This years mullet run was pretty dismal with record high temperature in December and red-tide from Tampa Bay to Boca Grande it made mullet fishing down right tough. (Related News Article) We managed to catch our fair share but, we rally ...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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