Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Jul 01, 15 Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

The past fews weeks of fishing have been a roller coaster. I’ve had back to back days tarpon fishing when we caught nothing one day and seemed to continuously be doing battle the next. The same thing has happened with the inshore bite when fishing for redfish and trout. One day we put a beat down on them followed by a day that proves to be difficult. Luckily, even the slow days have yielded enough fish to have a decent fish fry. The two fish that have been pretty dependable have been spanish mackerel and shark. I anticipate the bite for the next couple months staying like it is now. Not great but not bad. Not what you are used to hearing from a fisherman but it’s the truth.

I had the pleasure of running a few trips this past month that I had some soldiers aboard. It’s always a pleasure working for those that provide us with so much security. There was one trip that I had representation from the Army, Navy, and Air Force on the boat the same trip. That particular trip was intriguing because all 3 guys were down from Washington for some kind of special deal at McDill. They did not talk shop much but when they did it was in code. That was the intriguing part. Unfortunately they were here for one of the trips that was just so so. Anyway, where I was going with all of that when I started was to just say thank you to any of you that are reading this that is serving or has served in our armed forces.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Doug Rothenbush with an overslot trout that he caught and released while fishing in Tampa Bay recently with Capt. Ric Liles.

After a couple months without any email questions I finally received one this past week. D.D. Pelham asks “I just moved here from the midwest late last summer and was wondering why fishermen in this area abort the use of shrimp in the summer.” I can answer that Mr. D.D. in 3 words. Results, economics, and pinfish. In more descriptive words the bait that we usually turn to as the water warms is spanish sardines. They are on average more productive than shrimp and fairly plentiful giving the angler better results. They other up side to sardines is they are free when netted by the fishermen making the case for economics. Can’t wait to see how the government will try to take the free out of the bait game. Lastly is the assault that a pinfish will put on a hooked shrimp. It does not take long and all that is left is the hull of the shrimp. There are species that shrimp will be the go to bait but your best all around bait this time of year is a sardine. Hope that helped.

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 you can call (813)601-2900, email, or visit

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