#Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, February 28, 2016: Redfish

Tampa Fishing, Sunday, 2-28-16, Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
Tampa Fishing, Sunday, 2-28-16, Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.

Today’s Tampa fishing report: Redfish.

Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, February 28, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Tampa: Redfish; most of the time we fish Tampa’s flats, passes, oyster bars, inlets and islands.  Sometimes we’ll go offshore of Tampa a couple of miles or so if we’re fishing for goliath grouper, or tarpon or sharks.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Tampa fishing is some of the best in the world!  A fishing trip is a great family adventure and your children will love it!

The Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater area has some of the nicest beaches in Florida, including Ford Desoto’s North Beach, Caladesi Island and Siesta Key!

Perhaps more important to fishing, the Tampa-St. Pete area has a great coastline structure and topography. Barrier islands stretch close to 70 miles from North Pinellas to Venice. In general, barrier islands mean great fishing habitat because they create passes where fish move on the tides in concentrated fashion, and also protected back-bay areas for the overall ecosystem.

On parts of the west coast of Florida, including the Tampa area, the barrier islands also tend to still have large protected mangrove areas.   Mangroves are critical to the whole lifecycle of the ecosystem. Mangroves are often truly foundational to the formation of the islands and their decaying leaves feed microorganisms that are the starting point of the food chain that leads up to tarpon and sharks at the top of the system!

We’re just getting started in Tampa, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Tampa fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Daily Tampa Fishing Report & Info On Tampa Fishing Charters; Fishing Trips For Families & Children, As Well As Serious Sport Fishermen and Fisherwomen!

Happy fishing!

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 2-26-16

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 2-26-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 2-26-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, February 26, 2016

FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission bulletin at 4:19 PM 02/26/2016.

Red Tide Status (February 26, 2016)

“A patchy bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Collier, and Monroe counties in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, Karenia brevis was detected in background to low concentrations in 55 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties; background concentrations in 1 sample collected from inshore waters of Lee County; low concentrations in 1 sample collected alongshore of southern Collier County; medium concentrations in 4 samples collected along and offshore of northern Monroe County; and background to low concentrations in 7 samples collected offshore of the Florida Keys (southern Monroe County).

In addition, one sample collected alongshore of Okaloosa County in Northwest Florida contained very low concentrations of K. brevis.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Fish kills have been reported in multiple locations between southern Collier County and northern Monroe County in southwest Florida over the past week. In addition, fish kills and slight respiratory irritation were reported at Siesta Key on 2/22 and Venice Beach on 2/26 (Sarasota County).  Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show southern offshore movement of surface waters and southern onshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties, and southern movement of surface waters and little net movement of bottom waters off Collier County, northern Monroe County, and the Florida Keys in Southwest Florida over the next 3 days.”

For more information, please see FWC.

#Naples Fishing Report, Thursday, February 25, 2016: Spanish Mackerel

Naples Fishing, Spanish Mackerel, Thursday, 2-25-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Spanish Mackerel, Thursday, 2-25-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Naples Fishing Report: Spanish Mackerel.

Naples Fishing Report, Thursday, February 25, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Spanish Mackerel.  We’re mostly focused on naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Please try our pilot Sanibel & Captiva News site or Sanibel & Captiva Events Calendar to see what else is happening Sanibel & Captiva islands!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

Naples Fishing Report, Thursday, February 25, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Spanish Mackerel, better fishing; if you are a local Naples fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  Daily Naples fishing reports. All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitat, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Happy fishing!

The Naples Fishing Report Team!

Snook Season Reopens In Gulf

Snook Season Reopens In Gulf State Waters March 1

Tampa Fishing, Friday, 1-1-16, Snook, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
Tampa Fishing, Friday, 1-1-16, Snook, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.

The FWC issued the following news release this morning.

“The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish  ̶  snook  ̶ reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

Naples Fishing, Big Snook, Sunday, 6-14-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Big Snook, Sunday, 6-14-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a fish, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save the carcasses after they are filleted and provide the carcasses to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store.

Snook, 4-30-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters, #Naples.
Snook, 4-30-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters, #Naples.

This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data such as the size, age, maturity and sex of one of Florida’s premier inshore fish. For a county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Snook,” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

In Atlantic state and federal waters (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River) the season is open through May 31, and one snook may be kept per person, per day. The size limit in Atlantic waters is no less than 28 inches total length and no more than 32 inches total length.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

Barracuda Workshops & Anemone Workshops

Miami Fishing, Barracuda, Monday, 8-17-15, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.
Miami Fishing, Barracuda, Monday, 8-17-15, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Barracuda Workshops & Anemone Workshops

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issues the flooding news release.

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several south Florida workshops in February to gather public input on barracuda and anemones. These workshops are free and open to anyone interested in participating.

The barracuda workshops will focus on recent management changes that went into effect Nov. 1, 2015, which included implementing a two-fish per person and six-fish per vessel daily recreational and commercial bag limit in state waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties. The goal of the workshops is to determine if there is a need for any additional management changes for barracuda, including, but not limited to, a possible size limit. 

The anemone workshop will focus on the management of several anemone species in Florida, with specific discussions on the giant anemone (Condylactis gigantea), which was closed to harvest in 2012.  

Workshop dates and locations are as follows (all times are from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time):

Barracuda workshops

Feb. 22 – Key West, Harvey Governmental Center, 1200 Truman Ave. 

Feb. 24 – Islamorada, Founders Park Community Center, 87000 Overseas Hwy.

Feb. 25 – Jupiter, The River Center, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 U.S. Highway 1

Anemone workshop 

Feb. 23 – City of Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 West Ocean Drive.

For more information or workshop updates, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Rulemaking” and “Workshops.”