What’s happenin’ in the upper stretches of Tampa Bay?

It is time.    These are the months where this part of the Bay is a much better choice than other areas “exterior.”   The string of cold fronts in late November weren’t numerous.   For December, they should be more frequent.    The number of fish that traveled to the interior areas is always impressive, and this year is no different.   Big numbers of fish made that move, one that they do for their own safety and comfort.   Red Tide out front equals better fishing interior of the Bay.

Mentioned before:  Pompano have wound down for the year and moved out to the passes.   The drum are also gone.   Without question, the action is in the shallows.   Go into your favorite areas and you should find some great action.   Watch for their return in March of April.      I just simply didn’t get the requests this year.     The drum got a break.    Not that we keep any of them, but mostly, they were left alone this year.

Trout and redfish are now much easier targets in the upper stretches of the Bay.   The biggest trout will be caught where the redfish are located.    Large numbers of smaller trout are in the mouths of every feeder creek and deep grass bed.    Redfish will be found on mangrove shorelines at high tide and around craggy oyster areas at other tides.   Not in great numbers, there are a few.

Tip:  Try the biggest oyster bars you can find.    There should be big trout and possibly a few redfish there.

Upper Tampa Bay is seasonal:  It is the season.   The worse the weather, the better it is up here.

As always: Be careful out there!

Neil Taylor
Owner and guide: 

(Cell) 727-692-6345  LivelyBaits@aol.com
Owner and site administrator:  www.capmel.com

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor

Full time kayak fishing guide, Neil was an advocate for conservation since before the time he started guiding.Outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host, Neil connected closely with Captain Mel Berman and did many positives with Mel to promote ethical angling. After Mel passed away, Neil managed www.capmel.com and eventually became that web site’s owner.
Neil Taylor

Latest posts by Neil Taylor (see all)