Hello Warm Days!!

A warming trend has triggered the fish in north Pinellas. As usual for this time of year, the trout bite has been phenomenal on the warmer days once they are located. Although tides have been a bit weak, the bite has occurred best around the turn of the high tides. The higher outgoing waters pull the warm water from the shallow flats, prompting the fish to eat well. Large live shrimp under a cork or freelined in the deeper waters have produced several trout. The overall size and amount of trout is less than years past, so persistence and patience is key to locating a group of cooperating fish. Long casts are vital to keeping a school in one place. Drifting quietly or using a trolling motor on low speeds will increase success when moving around. Redfish are showing up well in the usual spots. Mangrove shorelines, oyster bars and potholes on the flats at low tides. Docks are also holding several fish in the lower slot range. Cut baits, shrimp, and rootbeer colored jigs are working well. Snook reopened in the Gulf of Mexico waters on March 1st. Although a few have been caught along the north coast, they are still a little wary, not stimulated to eat as often in the cooler waters. As soon as the sardines show up again, the snook will bite will turn on after being dormant through winter.

Capt. Brian

Typical Weather Patterns!!

Hello everyone! Thank you for reading my fishing report. We are slowly but surely getting through the winter months here in Florida. We are in the typical roller coaster of weather patterns. High winds and cold days has kept us off of the water a bit, however the warmer days are productive and fish are being caught. The usual suspects are spotted sea trout and redfish. For fun, rodbending action, ladyfish and jacks are also getting hooked. Sheepshead are being targeted along the seawalls, docks and oyster bars in the backcountry areas offering a little more warmth. Live shrimp is the main bait we are using as well as jerkworms and paddle tail jigs while targeting the trout in St. Joseph Sound. The spring months are right around the corner and as usual I am getting flooded with calls for bookings. Don’t hesitate to get your special day booked. Call me at 727-365-7560 or e-mail me at brian@captbrian.com. I look forward to hearing from my regulars and new clients throughout the spring! Let’s go fishing!

Capt. Brian

Starting the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! We made it through the holidays! Thank you to all of you who purchased gift certificates for your loved ones, I’m looking forward to setting up all of those trips! We are finally moving into our winter patterns. Summer seemed to stick around all the way to Christmas! Kingfishing was incredible, 2 – 6 miles out. Herds of bait schools getting attacked everyday by Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel alike. Now we are in a cooling period with fronts dipping down from the north, certain to push those nearshore species to south Florida. Our focus will return to inshore and the big female trout that inhabit our region this time of year, as well as targeting Redfish and Sheepshead. Live shrimp will be the bait of choice as or netted greenbacks if they are still around to be caught.
I’m already getting calls from many of you booking your trips for 2016! I am ready to get you all out there and have a great day on the water! Take a break from the cold, hop a plane or drive southward, I’m here… Call or e-mail 727-365-7560 or brian@captbrian.com. Let’s go fishing!

Capt. Brian