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

The weather has been pretty decent, aside from the wind.     When it is windy, this part of the Bay becomes a bigger option this time of year.    The very upper stretches of Tampa Bay become one of the best options the worse the weather is.   The deepest cuts, channels and creeks are locations where the fish will move when the water is so cold in the shallows around other parts of the Bay.


This has definitely been the case to start the New Year.    Redfish are a good one to target and have been around in great numbers in about four areas in the upper Bay.


The people who have had the most success have either had to work long hours and exhibit great patience, or they resorted to chucking shrimp under docks.  Action in general slowed with the massive cooldown of the water the past ten days.

Metabolisms slow down, the fish remain more inactive in general. With a warming trend that will hopefully follow, action has to get better than it has been.  Fish gotta eat right?

Trout are all over way up the Bay.  Size?   Some are good, many are small.   The very biggest trout are being caught around the craggiest of areas.   Sub surface baits work better at this time.


As always: Be careful out there!

Neil Taylor
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Kayak Fishing Skool resumes this month (Jan. 24th).    The January topic is “Spanish Mackerel”.  The new venue:  My house.    You want to work mackerel in:  Buy my pompano teasers.   The teaser is the best mackerel lure there is.    Any color.   My house is in Clearwater on 590, halfway between 19 and McMullen Booth.   My kayak trailer in the yard, it is easy to find.   South side of the road.   2813 SR 590.

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.
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