Hello everyone! Here in Clearwater, Florida we are coming out of a few weeks of staggered cold fronts and high winds. We’re in a warming trend right now which allows me to get back out on the water and put smiles on peoples faces! I expect this year to be very busy and one of the most rewarding, especially coming out of the pandemic hopefully sooner than later! The phone has been ringing and the emails have been flying, so I know people are ready to get back to normal. That being said, don’t hesitate to book your trip soon while there are plenty of holes in the calendar for now. We’re still focusing on trout and redfish, but triple tail have been very prevalent as well. We’re throwing live shrimp for most of the species, the artificials have been getting a good work out as well. Through February we will still see some cold fronts, but March April and May are just around the corner and the fishing regulations over the last couple of years have allowed many of our inshore species to re-populate. 2020 is behind us and I am looking forward to a fantastic year of return clients and a bunch of new ones too! I’m ready to take you all fishing and show you a good time on the West Coast of Florida! Give me a call at 727-365-7560 or email and let’s get you booked! See you all soon, Capt. Brian.


Summer fishing can be tough due to high temperatures, although lately fishing has been pretty good. There has been a lot of action on the deeper flats. Especially the trout bite. Bait is extremely plentiful now. It has shown up later than usual, and easy to catch in the cast net early in the morning. Chumming some of the deeper grass flats with bait will get instant action with trout, ladyfish, and even a few Spanish mackerel swimming through. Jacks are also hitting while chasing pods of small glass minnows adding to the action. As the day goes on or the tide slows the action slows with it. The best bite has been in the morning for sure. On higher tides, redfish have been pretty decent. We are working the bush lines and overhangs where there is enough shade for the fish to congregate. Cut pieces of pinfish, mullet, or ladyfish release a strong oily scent, drawing fish to your area. Snook are still around the beaches and the passes but not as cooperative. Mostly the smaller males are present. Females have spawned and are starting to move. Over the next couple of months, they will definitely transition back towards the mainland. But for now, I’m still targeting the drop offs, troughs, and cuts along the passes especially around structure. Rock jetties, and old pilings or targets that will continue to hold snook. Live sardines are getting the most action. I use a circle hook to catch them in the corner of the mouth, to prevent hooking them deep in the throat.


Summer temperatures are here and the water is very warm in north Pinellas. Most of our success has been along the beaches and passes where the water moves and isn’t stagnant and over heated. Tarpon are still showing in front of the barrier islands from Clearwater north. West winds have made it harder to sight them. Shallow sand bars make it easier to spot them and get a shot with flies or live baits. Snook are still eating well around the points of the passes and around the rocky structure of the jetties. Grunts and sardines have gotten the most action. Especially on the incoming tides. Trout have slowed quite a bit and are thinning out. Perhaps moving further offshore to cooler waters. Redfish are also spotty on the flats. Temperatures have gone above 90 degrees at times in the backcountry. Some redfish are being caught in the same troughs along the beaches where snook are congregating. Early morning and late afternoon has definitely produced the most bites. Low mid day tides have been slow so target portions of the day that have less heat for the most success.