Entries by swjiv

Shrimp is King

If you read my reports on a consistent basis, you know I preach about how nothing out preforms scaled sardines, especially when it comes to snook fishing in the winter months. Well, this winter that hasn’t been the case, for me anyway. I never thought, I would say this but lately, “Shrimp is king!” I […]

It’s finally beginning to feel like fall.

As we reach mid-October the water temperature begins to drop and soon most flats should be in the upper to mid-70’s. That’s when redfish and snook start to become more active. The redfish bite is outstanding all month. Every charter that I pursued redfish, has had success. Some days, I encounter mostly over-slot fish, but […]

The Snook Harvest Season, Re-Opens Today.

With the abundance of red tide media coverage lately, you may think our fish along the Gulf Coast are dead, not so! Tampa Bay and, as of yet, Pinellas County have not experienced any massive fish kills and fishing is strong. September 1 traditionally marks the opening of snook season along Florida’s gulf coast. However, […]

So far, so good. NO RED TIDE!

The red tide algae bloom that has been plaguing the shores of Southwest Florida for months is slowly moving north. By early August, massive fish kills were being reported at Anna Maria Island and by week three, low concentrations of “Karenia Brevis” have been detected off the southern tip of Pinellas County. 08-28-18 Red Tide […]

Flexibility is The Key to Success!

I often say, “Despite having to catch bait, guiding is an awesome job.” If you had to get out of bed every morning at 3:00 to 3:30am, to have enough time to hit the water and catch bait before you pick up 7:30 am charter with a welcoming smile, you’d understand. That being said, it’s […]

Don’t Look Any Further!

What a wonderful time my two sons and I had with Wade. His knowledge and aggressive approach to finding the best fishing spots possible, made our excursion with him that much better. Not only did he act as our guide, but he was our teacher. My sons learned more about fishing in the four hours […]

It’s Inshore Slam Time!

The big three Tampa Bay inshore species, snook, redfish and trout, are feeding heavily right now. This makes the task of catching an inshore slam a real possibility. This feat is when an angler catches a snook, redfish and trout on the same excursion. JP Benzschawel did just that on a recent charter with his […]

Power Plants Heat up the Action!

Cold front after cold front have plunged the water temperatures in Tampa Bay into mid-50’s. This has caused most fish to seek warmth, and they do this by dropping into deep water or moving to one of Tampa Bay’s power plant outflows. Lately, I’ve been catching trout, sheepshead, a few snook and redfish in deep-water […]