Warm conditions have brought on great fishing in the last few days. And finally, live bait has started to return to the area again after being very scarce over the last couple of weeks. It had been on the beaches but disappeared after the last full moon had passed. So now, chumming the grass flats has been the main method for netting bait in the mornings. The snook are responding to the live sardines and beginning to eat on most phases of the tides. Incoming seems to produce the most bites for my recent trips. Clear water requires a clean presentation. Trimming tag ends between mainline and fluorocarbon leader, and using a small hook, 1/0 or 2/0 at the most will reduce their ability to identify tackle. Most people I see struggling with success are usually using too much visible tackle. Redfish have also been eating really well. Recent high tides have pushed the fish into the bushes and cut pinfish have worked best. Skipping baits back into the mangroves and allowing the fish to find it has worked very effectively. Sometimes one overhanging mangrove limb can hold as many as 20 redfish. Methodically working the openings will produce fish but you have to be patient. As the tide falls the fish move out in front of the mangroves,10 to 20 feet. Eventually they will blend in with the mullet retreating along with the falling tide.

So that’s what is happening out here! Be sure to contact me very soon at 727-365-7560 or by email at brian@captbrian.com to book your day on the water as I am filling up quick. There are still a few days left with good tides for tarpon in May and June. I look forward to a continued year of great fishing as we get back to somewhat normal here in Florida. Thanks again for reading my reports and supporting me in my 21st year as a professional guide in Clearwater, Florida and the surrounding areas!

Capt. Brian


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.