January 18, 2018 at 1:29 pm #419270
Fall Weather Cool Down is Here
By Capt. Mel Berman
The waves are coming. Waves of cold fronts expected during the next several days will increase the waves in the Gulf and quickly drop water temperatures. This should trigger a dramatic transformation in fishing conditions. So if you can squeeze in a close to shore trip or two between fronts, you might have one last shot at some of those big kings. There’s no doubt that once our waters cool into the 60s, the big macks will be well on their way south.
Next on the agenda, expect a pickup in sheepshead, along with the influx of larger breeder trout. Grouper should be good to go as long as our waters are above 65-degrees.
Ben Riley, a fifth grader at St. Joseph’s Greek Elementary school, worked hard and earned straight A’s. As a reward, his dad earlier in the week chartered Capt. Brent Gaskill for a Gulf fishing trip. They had a blast, hauling in many large Spanish mackerel. Then a huge kingfish hit. Young Ben fought the fish like a champ but, unfortunately, the hooks eventually straightened and the fish was lost. But what a thrilling reward it was for the youngster’s scholastic achievements.
Kayak Guide Neil Taylor this week found lots of tailing Redfish from 18 to 25 inches along northern Pinellas oyster bars. He reports that Snook are already up in creeks where they’re normally found in winter. Many trout were also caught during peak tidal flows.
For more on your fishing weekend- always look for Capt. Mel Berman’s fishing report on page 2 of the sports section in every Saturday Tampa Tribune — And join him 6 to 9 Saturday morning on 970-WFLA’s Capt. Mel Show — and 6 to 9 AM Sundays on 620-WDAE “the Sports Animal
January 18, 2018 at 1:34 pm #419275
Capt. Mel Berman ** Here is Capt. Mel Berman’s Saturday Tampa Tribune column for their “Go Fishing” feature. It’s a weekly report with information from some provided by some of the Tampa Bay area’s top fishing guides, bait and tackle stores, and other knowledgeable fishing experts. It’s a quick snapshot of where to find the fish, how and what they’re biting and some of the best bets for weekend anglers.
Capt. Mel’s “GoFishing” Tampa Tribune column — Published on 2.23.08
Flounder and Pompano Return to Our Waters
By CAPT. MEL BERMAN, 970-WFLA
Flounder have reappeared in our waters following their decimation by the 2005 red tide. Some decent sized “flatties” are now available along grassy potholes, sand bars and the edges of passes. They appear to be especially fond of jigs or live shrimp worked slowly across the bottom.
Another remarkable story this winter is the good numbers of pompano that have shown up. This sub-tropical species generally departs the area until late spring. But because of this year’s toasty winter conditions, these acrobatic members of the jack family have decided to stick around.
The most reliable species this time of year certainly has to be the great numbers of speckled trout. Working the no-motor zones with my co-speaker at the Outdoors Expo, Neil Taylor, we paddled out to a sandbar off Dunedin Causeway where we caught some very nice big specks on jigs.
Tarpon are never expected in our local waters until late April, but several silverkings apparently never left and are still seen along our Gulf shoreline as well as by many of the big bridges.
Spanish mackerel, which also leave area waters during January, February and most of March are all over the place – along the beaches, big bridges and inside the bay itself. “I saw a huge acre of Spanish mackerel along the Tampa Bay south shore today,” remarked Capt. Marc Noe. “And that was right after a cold front.”
For more on your fishing weekend- always look for Capt. Mel Berman’s fishing report on page 2 of the sports section in every Saturday Tampa Tribune — And join him 6 to 9 Saturday morning on 970-WFLA’s Capt. Mel Show
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