Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Apr 02, 15 Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

We have finally gotten to the time of year that we get excited as anglers. The warmer temperatures are here and has ushered in some pretty good fishing. The fishing that we have here this time of year is hard to beat. I have not fished in a lot of places around the country but the few places I have fished were second fiddle to spring time in Tampa Bay.

This is the time of the year that the bait will start moving around and slipping up on the shallow water grass flats. It’s also the time that a lot of fish start migrating out of the creeks, rivers, and canals and head to the grass flats. We will also see some of our fish move from the deeper water onto the grass flats. When the bait and the fish meet it’s a collision that an angler loves to witness. Hopefully that collision is taking place at the end of your line and around your hook. The next couple months should be good for snook, redfish, trout, and spanish mackerel if you are fishing in the bay. If you are venturing out a little the and fishing around the coastline or offshore you should have a good tarpon and kingfish experience. There are plenty of other species out there to target, these mentioned were just a few of the areas sought after fish. If you are going to target a fish it’s a great idea to know the legal aspects of your catch.

The best thing to do if you are a novice and are trying your hand at fishing is to get a tide chart from a bait shop that has all the legal information that you will need on the back. Most bait shops have these and are more than willing to give you one at no charge. You will wish you had taken the time to stop and get one if you get caught with an illegal fish that you were not sure of.

Will Francis with a upper slot redfish he caught recently with Capt. Ric in Tampa Bay while on spring break.

Question of the month. I received this question via email almost a month ago and thought it might be a good one to pass along. The question read “Which fish in the bay area can you thumb like a freshwater bass?” If you are not familiar with this term “thumb” it means to stick your thumb in a fishes mouth to hold it. I will not go thru the whole list of fish in the bay area but I will say that I usually only thumb snook. There are some that you can but most of our fish have teeth and should be handled another way. I use a dehooker 99% of the time on any fish. If you can keep from touching a fish you are doing them a great service. Obviously I am not referring to fish you intend to keep for a meal. 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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