Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Aug 29, 13 Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

First thing I want to tell you is I am fresh back from a vacation in Tennessee and completely rested for some late summer fishing.
I had a good time while gone but had to get my head into the mangroves as soon as I got back. When I first got back I realized that fishing had gotten pretty tough in the 10 days I was away. After a couple days of struggling to find a consistent bite we finally started seeing why people travel to fish the Tampa Bay area.
The big 3 (snook, redfish, and trout) have been the target fish for me the last several trips. We have spent a little time fishing for sharks and mangrove snapper but for the most part we have been after the inshore slam.
The snook bite has been a little slower than normal but that can be expected some time if you are not there during the primary feeding time.
The redfish have stepped up to take up the slack for the snook. All of the redfish I have had on the screamin’ sea weasel in the last 2 weeks have been keeper fish. No shorts and no over slot fish. Most of the trout have been undersize but we are still getting a trophy fish or two on every trip. With the amount of 13”-14” trout we have been catching it certainly looks like a fantastic spring awaits us. There is plenty of action in our area waters right now if you take the time to search out the bite.
Last month I asked for questions from you. Wow, what a response.
I can only take one a month so don’t be upset if yours is not the question answered. All questions will get answered in a personal email.
Norman asked, How often should I replace my line if I fish a couple times a month? I like this question because the link between the fish and the angler is the tackle, pretty important stuff. I would say to keep a close eye on the integrity of you line over time.
If you wash your line off after each trip and store your tackle in an area that does not get any direct sunlight your line will last longer. If you fish around structure (oyster bars, channel markers, docks, etc..) you may need to watch for abrasion marks and cut back or replace as soon as you detect an issue.

Marie Martin, Becky White, and Katie Martin with 3 upper slot redfish they caught while fishing in Tampa Bay with capt. Ric and Reel Simple Fishing Adventures.

My line kinda gets replaced by necessity as I get a lot of wind knots on the boat from novice anglers. I would think you should get at least a year out of your line. Hope that helps. Keep sending questions to email listed below. 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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