Neil Taylor, Lower Tampa Bay


By Neil Taylor,

The south shore is still a great place to go.   Pompano:  Hit or miss.  When it’s hit, there are big totals being put up.    When it’s not as good we are still getting some fish.    Trout are an option.   Redfish are an option.     Flounder just never made a big appearance in 2017.   I kept waiting for that to get better and it just still hasn’t.

There are options for snapper on the rockpiles.   Action is decent but about to get a lot better.   My schedule explodes the middle of the month and I expect I will be spending some time down here on the south shore.

Early is still best but I would expect some great action at night during good tides.   It is still summer but as far as fishing goes, there is worthwhile action especially on the south shore.     You name it, they’ve got it.

To get detailed reports, check The Skyway Report on   Written by Paul Bristow every week, he keeps you on the heartbeat of the Skyway bite.  Get out and enjoy the easy action on the Skyway Piers!  Thank you Paul for dedicated, detailed reports EVERY SEVEN DAYS!

Would you like to get better at fishing?   Look at The Kayak Fishing Academy.   There will be quarterly sessions, starting soon.   Feel free to inquire by email or phone call.    I give a three and a half hour session on fishing and kayak fishing that would be valuable for people who do any kind of fishing.  The host site is to be announced.

As always: Be careful out there!

Neil Taylor
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In a battle that is never really over: The great work of FWC officers to target felony netters and keep an eye on other recreational offenders has led to better fishing for us all.  Their continued efforts to catch felony netters are making the south shore region return as a great fishery again.   But help them out:  Keep your eyes peeled for illegal activity and make a call if you see poaching, 888-404-FWCC (3922).  Your tips will help make cases and you could be eligible for a reward.  The fishery survives the pressure of poaching, a lot of anglers and just continues to be a great location to go.


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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 and eventually became that web site’s owner.