Late July and early August were a wash out — literally. It rained for 24 straight days and many areas in the Tampa Bay area suffered some serious flooding. That kept my boat at dock for quite a while. But the good news is that it gave Tampa Bay a good freshwater flush and dropped water temps more than 10 degrees. Once the rains stopped, the fishing really turned on.
The redfish bite right now is really good. Really good. There are numerous schools of fish the the St. Petersburg area that have over a thousand fish in them and they are chewing. The “go to” bait has been any type of cut bait — threadfins, sardines, pinfish… etc.
There are still tarpon around. In fact, yesterday I found them by the thousands. I haven’t tried fishing them yet as I was running kids around and hadn’t caught bait when I found them. But they are here and should be here for another month or so.
Bowfishing has been awesome. There are ton of HUGE mullet on the barrier islands and they have been easy targets during the daytime. We’ve also had shots at sheephead. Nighttime bowfishing trips are when the crazy action happens. There are fish to shoot everywhere as they freeze in the bowfishing lights. We’ve shot black drum, mullet, sheephead and a few other species. Bring band-aids for nighttime bowfishing trips because you’ll be shooting ’til your fingers are sore.
It’s a great time to be on the water right now and if you don’t like the heat of midday, a night time bowfishing trip would be the best bet for you.
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