Here is your west coast fishing report from tarpon springs down to Boca Grande including Tampa bay and Charlotte harbor from your favorite Florida fishing guide Capt Mark Crawford with Hotfish Charters.
We have big changes on our weather and sea temps up and down the coast of Florida. Our winter has arrived and the fishing patterns are changing to cooler weather/water situations. The drop in temp has the fish on the move. Snook are working their way to the backcountry with the falling temps. The really big snook that spawn on our beaches in spring then move out to the reefs for summer and fall have all been pushed to the beaches and are making there way in. Yesterday on our Charter out of Clearwater Beach, we saw numerous snook well over the 40in mark cruising the beaches near the passes and around the swash channels. Plenty of 30in plus snook around too.
Spotted Sea trout are starting there winter trek to the flats to spawn and snack on all the food! Numerous trout are being caught and seen from Tampa Bay to Boca Grande. Look for the trout bite to improve through late fall into winter.
Redfish are around in good numbers. Although not as many schools as we had in “red October “ there are plenty of fish around to catch. We are catching them mixed in with snook just in about every stop.
Grouper are king in the cooler water temps. No problem getting the limit of gag grouper in shallow water. We are catching gags in 19 feet of water on ledges and natural rock/hard bottom. The cooler water has them fires up. It’s a bit trickier Lansing them in shallow water because they can find the hotel door quicker as opposed to fishing them deeper, but that makes it fun and challenging!
King mackerel and Spanish Mack’s are still plentiful and nonstop action. It’s a great outing for families and constant rod bending fun.
We are catching and getting good reports of triple tail catches off of crab trap buoys in Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor.
“Mango snappers” are still bitting excellent as well, and the Cobias will come around will chumming up all of our offshore species.
Come book a trip with Hotfish Charters and see what the west coast of Florida has to offer and enjoy!