Fishing Report:

Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing Report

Author: Carson Duncan

Fishing Report In Tampa Bay!

Just like the air temps, the water temps have been in the Gulf of Mexico and in Tampa Bay. The high water temps have pushed the snook into the swashes along the beaches. The tarpon have started to show up in good numbers. The most common places tarpon are in the Tampa Bay Area are off the beaches by running and looking for schools of fish, you can also drift or anchor passes that hold tarpon, or fish local bridges or structures that are known to hold tarpon. The tarpon fishing should only get better as we move into the later part of May and early June. The redfish have been getting on the oyster bars on high tides. I like to use a live pinfish or a cut bait under a cork. With water being dirty due to the windy in most areas you should be able to use 30lb fluorocarbon line. If the water is clear drop down to 20lb to increase bites. Bait has been thick on the channel markers along the south shore of Tampa Bay. It has also been good at the skyway bait piers, and some of the other local bait and channel markers. Getting a good well full of a mix of bait is one of the most, if not the most important part of the day. Pass crabs can be caught by dip netting them in stone currents. Pass crabs are great baits and can completely change a day of tarpon fishing, they also work great for permit. 

I hope everyone enjoys their time on the water and stays safe, 

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