Upper Tampa Bay, Neil Taylor 2/29/2016


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

Things are really strong throughout the region and opportunities exist in the upper part of the Bay we won’t have a few months from now.   It has been cold enough to keep a lot of fish concentrated to the north.

Redfish actually stay up here year round but are in the greatest numbers right now.    Most of the fish are runts and slot fish but an occasional oversize fish is also caught.

Trout action has been great at creek mouths and on the oyster mounds.    We had trips where several hundred fish were caught on a single trip.

Sheepshead, better to the south, are also an option on the pilings and in residential canals.   Ladyfish and jacks are around and pretty easy to locate.

A warming trend and the fish will be out of the creeks and all over the flats.

Kayak Fishing Skool is March 24, 2016 6:30PM at Bill Jackson’s in Pinellas Park.  The topic this month:  Redfish.   A Classic species, come learn how to be more successful catching redfish.

See ya the next time around.    As always: Be careful out there!


Neil Taylor
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Stay alert and make a difference:

Keep an eye out and make the phone calls.    Illegal nets found in Upper Tampa Bay have been confiscated thanks to the tips from citizens.    Working with the field staff, I personally know that they have a great response rate on the calls I make.    Too many people do not make the attempt because they did not get a response in the past.      Trust me, they do the best they can and they do respond as quickly as possible.

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.  If you see a poacher:  Make a phone call.



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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.