#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.