Captain Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Dec 02, 13 Captain Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

As I sit down to bring you this report we are between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving gets more attention but I think Veterans Day is just as important and I want to personally thank all that have served.
I have been fielding questions via email from some of the readers and answering them back as I get them. One question I received last month had to do with blue fish. Blue fish are a fish that we see a lot of action from certain times of the year. The question was “is there any way to cook these fish where they are table worthy?” My answer to that is, I haven’t found it yet. I have tried them 2 different ways and could not finish. I do know that you can use small portions of the meat and substitute it as crab in crab cakes. It is pretty good prepared like that but the blue fish constitutes very little of the total recipe. If you have a good recipe for them please share.
The bite in the bay area has continued to be strong for many species. The best bite I have had lately is the redfish bite. Most of the schools of redfish have gone but there are still a few around and they have been very cooperative. I think the warmer weather attributes to this more than anything else. Snook and trout have also been a solid bet but not as dependable as the redfish in the last few weeks. On my trips we have been catching a good amount of trout with most of them being under slot fish. There are a few areas in the bay that you will get just the opposite results. I have been caught with an either or decision lately with my trout and redfish anglers. The bigger trout have been on the other end of the bay from my good redfish bite so doing both is not practical on a half day trip. We are starting to see the snook gorge themselves getting ready for the cooler months that are ahead. I always love fishing for snook this time of year because I think that between Thanksgiving and New Years is one of the best times to catch a trophy snook. If you want to get a little father of the shore line you can still catch spanish mackerel and kingfish. These guys are on the ready and will start to migrate down to warmer waters as soon as our water temps start falling. Blue fish and jack crevalle are eating everything in front of them right now and are a great fish to catch if you are solely in it for the sport. Bait is still on the grass flats and will stay there until the water temps drop as well. Once the bait has left the shallow water you should be able to find it in various deeper water locations or at the bridges. It is worth the extra effort to get white bait (scaled sardines) if you are going to fish for any of the species already mentioned. If you want to catch sheephead or bonnethead shark then you will want to get to the bait shop and get some shrimp.

A group of happy anglers with redfish they caught in Tampa Bay while fishing with Capt. Ric Liles and Reel Simple Fishing Adventures.

If anyone is interested in a gift certificate for Christmas I have them available. 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. For charter information call (813)601-2900, email, or visit

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