Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 1-27-17

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-27-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-27-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, January 27, 2017

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

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:40 PM 1/27/2017.

Red Tide Status (January 27, 2017)

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida from Pinellas to Lee counties.

Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in eleven samples collected from Pinellas County; background to medium concentrations in seventeen samples collected from Manatee County; low to high concentrations in thirty samples collected from Sarasota County; background to low concentrations in five samples collected from Charlotte County; and background to low concentrations in five samples collected from Lee County.

One sample collected from Gulf County this week (Northwest Florida) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

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

Over the past week, fish kills affecting multiple species have been reported along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Lee counties. Respiratory irritation was reported along Manatee and Sarasota counties. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website predict net southern movement of surface waters, and southern onshore movement of subsurface waters between southern Pinellas and northern Monroe counties over the next 3 days.”

Key for Results

Description Karenia breviscells/liter Possible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures >  5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000 As above plus discoloration

For more information, please see FWC.

Tampa Fishing Report, Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tampa Fishing, Thursday, January 26, 2017, Sheepshead, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Thursday, January 26, 2017, Sheepshead, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

Today’s Tampa Fishing Report: Sheepshead.

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Tampa Fishing Report, Thursday, January 26, 2017 / Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Sheepshead; latest Florida Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and here for Red Tide Report.

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.

Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, January 15, 2017 / Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Sheepshead; 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!

Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, December 18, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Sheepshead; 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.

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Happy fishing!