Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Apr 02, 13 Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Hopefully the roller coaster of weather is over. We seemed to have gotten a whole season of cold fronts in a 5 week period.

After a very mild winter it was not hard to get spoiled by all the warmth and frustrated by the cool winds. We may have a few more chilly days ahead of us but hopefully not severe enough to drop the water temperature a substantial amount. Fishing in the Tampa bay area has been ahead of schedule because of the weather, just like it was behind schedule a few years back.

That’s what makes it a challenge and keeps it from getting boring. On a trip last week we were on a really good bite, catching fish on just about every cast and one of my clients said that he sure wished it was like this every time he went fishing. I laughed and said if it was you would get tired of it and eventually find another hobby. After a little debate we all agreed that the quest was a major part of the thrill.

The bay and surrounding waters have had a very good trout and spanish mackerel bite and that should stay very good for another couple months. The bigger trout that I have been catching have been in water depths of 6 – 8 feet, while the smaller fish have been a bit more shallow.

I have talked with other captains and got reports of just the opposite. Go figure! It all depends on where your slinging your cricket. The macs have been along the edge of the deeper flats that have a rocky bottom.

I’m sure you can find them elsewhere but that is where I have got them. Snook and redfish are also eating good but not like they will be when the water temps keep a steady trend of low to mid 70’s. The king mackerel will be arriving at any time and if you have ever caught a big king then you know the thrill and the anticipation of the kingfish run.

I look forward to it every year and can’t wait until they are here. This is the time of year that there will be a lot of boats on the water and being a safe defensive driver is worth more than the biggest fish in the water. Be careful. 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.

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Kayla Rhodes

Kayla Rhodes with a good size spanish mackerel she caught in Tampa Bay while fishing with Capt. Ric and Reel Simple Fishing Adventures.

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