Saturday, December 4, 2010

December Tampa Bay Fishing Report

Hello Anglers,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. November was a good month on the water as we caught some nice Redfish and a few really nice Snook. I do expect to catch a few nice Redfish and Snook this month but the size of the Redfish will not be as big on average as what we have been catching. The Mackerel have hung around a little longer this year but I expect this last front will push them out. Trout are still out of season but will be back in on Jan. 1st. With the cooler water temps we have started to see bigger Trout being caught. It's important to handle them with care while releasing them as they are a very delicate fish. I did not get a chance to do any damage to the Grouper and that was just because I could not catch the weather and tides right. Hopefully that will all change in December. December should be a good bet for Grouper as they move closer with the water temps dropping. I try every year to have a couple of nice Grouper filets to go with the turkey and ham at Christmas. As the water gets cooler and we may get there this month I will start to explore up around the power plant and target Sharks and Cobia. Last year we caught a little bit of everything at the power plant but the shark fishing took center stage. We should also be on the brink of a good Sheephead bite. If you have the patience for these guys you can certainly have a good fish fry this time of year. December has a lot to offer as long as the weather holds. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and has all your needs met. If anyone is interested in a gift certificate for Christmas I have them available. Anyone buying a gift certificate for Christmas will receive a 10% discount. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don't let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing.

Thank you,

Captain Ric Liles