Entries by wpfishwade

The Fishing is Sizzling.

Jerry Reed said it best, “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” Right now, the fishing cannot get any hotter than aboard Afishionado. The mangrove snapper fishing is outstanding right now. It seems they were a little slow to spawn this year, but the bite started picking up around Independence Day and it has been gangbusters ever […]

Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer.

Thankfully, the beaches have been reopened, and the economy is slowly starting to rebound.  First and foremost, today is a time to remember all the service men and women who fought and gave their lives to keep this great country free. As far as the fishing goes, it is outstanding. The snook are spawning right […]

My boys and I caught fish all day.

When Captain Wade tells you it’s time to fish “Go”, it means start reeling them in! My boys and I caught fish all day. The best communication before trip I’ve ever experienced. I even had some time to hook into Snook on a fly rod. Clean boat, beautiful water, and an experienced captain with over […]

It’s March Madness on the Grass Flats!

With spring just right around the corner, March is shaping up to be an excellent time to fish. Baitfish will be arriving on the grass flats by mid-month. Along with this influx of baitfish, snook, redfish and sea trout will be moving out of the back country and their deep winter haunts to feed until […]

The Fishing is Excellent!

The big debate over eastern standard time vs daylight savings time has absolutely no effect on fish. They know days are getting shorter and even, as early as last month, snook were already moving into their winter haunts. Now with major cold fronts passing through, look for fish migration to intensify. It’s time to change […]

A Look Ahead in Tampa Bay

September will be here in a couple of weeks, but don’t plan on keeping any snook for dinner. Not since the big 2010 winter snook kill have we had a harvest closure on the west coast. Estimates put the total number of snook deaths at one million, statewide due to that year’s freeze. Who knows […]

It’s Whats For Dinner!

The Spanish mackerel fishing is excellent right now, and they’re good table fare. The key to having tasty mackerel fillets is to ice the fish down the second you bring them on the boat. Some people swear you should bleed them also. I’ve done it, and I don’t think it made a difference in taste. […]

It’s Time to Fish!

The northern tarpon migration, which coincides with their pre-spawn ritual, brings thousands upon thousands of tarpon to our area is in full swing. This gives anglers a shot at some of the best Tarpon fishing in the world during May and June. There are many techniques used to hook one of these beasts, but two […]

April Fishing at its Best!

Finally, the Tampa Bay water temperature is in the 70’s to stay and it’s only going to increase from here on. Once the water temperature hits the fishes’ confront level, they become more active and in turn, very hungry. The snook fishing has been ready good all year long in certain locations, but now they’re […]

Tampa Bay Fish are Alive and Well!

As I take reservations for March and April, the number one question I’m asked is, what about the red tide? Last year’s red tide finally dissipated during the fall, so the white sandy beaches are back to normal and clear of dead fish. However, the inshore fishing along the coast is far from being normal. […]