Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

May 31, 13 Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Since my last report I think fishing in the Tampa Bay area has been as good as I have ever seen it. Not everyday has been an all-star day but a high percentage of them have been.

I have been lucky enough to be at the right places at the right times lately. The guy that tells you he does not need luck to catch fish because he is such a good fisherman is extremely delusional. I will take luck over skill every day while on the water.

The best bite I have had lately is the trout and redfish bite. If you are one of the one’s that follow Reel Simple Fishing Adventures on facebook you know just how many and the quality of fish we have been catching.

The snook bite has been pretty good as well with a lot of bigger snook starting to be seen in some areas that I have not seen big snook since the 2010 freeze. It’s amazing how the freeze affected the the snook in different areas.

The north end of the bay did not get near the damage that the south shore got. There was a big diversity of results in the different locations of the bay. Long story short – the snook bite has been good. This is a time of year that the bay area has a lot to offer anglers in terms of variety of targets. If the inshore slam is not what you are interested in there is plenty more to wrestle with.

Right now we still have a decent kingfish bite. We should have them here for a little while longer but will lose them to their migration once the water gets a little warmer. Spanish mackerel are also a good bet and should stay that way thru summer. Shark and tarpon are another option if big is your thing. I have a lot of clients that want that challenge and I also have some that say, what for? I understand both views.

Grouper season is about to open so the grouper diggers will be out in force as well. All of the fish I have caught have been on either scaled sardines, threadfin herring or pinfish. No matter what your pleasure get out and enjoy our fishery. 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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San Diego Padres Justin Hatcher and Andrew Cashner with 2 upper slot redfish they caught while fishing with Capt. Ric and Reel Simple Fishing Adventures.

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