Tampa Bay Kayak Fishing


February 17, 2016

Not the easiest time of year to be a fishing guide. But there have been a lot of people who wanted to go and I was out 9 of the last 10 days; 8 of them charters.   It was jacket weather part of the time but I only wore the jacket all day once so far this year.   Usually it is coming off by 9AM

The weather has not been bad, for the most part.   The one day we didn’t get out the wind was blowing a solid 40 miles per hour.   During John, John and Mark’s visit from Maryland I cut them loose to do something else that day.   The wind actually blew my hat off in my front yard so you can imagine what it would have been like on the water, even in a good “wind location.”

For those guys day 1 was not stellar.   They had a quick flurry of hot trout action.   Then I put them on big ladyfish for action.   A wind came up and made it a good choice to make it a shorter day.    Day 2, the off day from the wind.    Day 3 started out SLOW.    Creek fishing.   I told them “Just wait.”   Eventually it happened.   The fourth guy on that day was Brian from the Chicago area.  Brian was here just before John Veil’s previous trip and we had tough fishing then.    Brian caught the most fish, over 50 I think he said.   John caught (I think) 38.    Mark and John put up pretty good numbers as well.    Mark stuck closer to me and caught the bigger fish.

February fishing can be tough.    I can also be very good.   We definitely had a mix of both.   Peggy and Mikk probably caught it best.  Several days before the Maryland guys, they had steady action on much bigger fish.

We caught a lot of big trout during this past stretch.  Most of how we did it was on the 12 Fathom Slam R on 1/8-ounce Mission Fishin’ jigheads.  See below for an opportunity.

Kayak Fishing Skool is February 25, 2016 6:30PM at Bill Jackson’s in Pinellas Park.  The topic this month:  Speckled Trout.   A Classic species, come learn how to be more successful catching big trout.

As always: Be careful out there!

Neil Taylor
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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 www.capmel.com and eventually became that web site’s owner.