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Skyway Tarpon Fishing Charters

Tarpon fishing at Tampa Bay's Skyway Bridge has slowed a wee bit acorrding to Captain Sean Hagen of Shamrock Fishing Charters.

" The tarpon are at Tampa Bay's Skyway Bridge, but we are having to work for 'em ! Their is still alot of quality size fish (150lb+) mixed with smaller size poons in the 50-80lb range. The tarpon are feeding on the large pods of balled up threadfin that have invaded the bridges. There is so much bait, it is challenging to get a poon interested in your hook."

Persistance, repetition, and a bag of tricks have paid off. Won't say we are killing 'em , but we have been getting 'em every trip out. The key is taking advantage of your opprotunities, not loosing fish from angler error. Our clients have been on their "A" game and have been rewarded with some decent fish, good work ya'll !

To book your Tampa Eupro Pro-Guide tarpon charter contact Capt. Sean Hagen

1877 357-H00K (4665)!

 Sunshine Skyway Bridge Tarpon Fishing!

More Tarpon Action At The Skway!

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Tampa Tarpon Report, reports large pods of poons along Anna Maria Island's Bean Point. Weather condtions in the bay have been challenging with recent wind and rain. Good news is the tarpon are still where you left them. Look for poons in  all TTR hot spots! Egmont, Been point, Skyway, and along the beaches from St Pete southward. Juvinle tarpon and young adults have been stacked up in the Hillsbourgh river, downtown Tampa Bay up to Sulpher Springs. Crabs and out going tide will be key to cathching 'Ol Silver Sides as we approach the next moon phase.

 

Redfish Fishing Tampa Bay's South Shore Flats In Spring!

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There has been no shortage of slot size redfish on Tampa Bay's "South Shore"!

 Most of the redfish, Shamrock's clients have been catching on the South Shore charters this spring are ranging in the 22-28 in range.

South Shore redfish have been favoring live sardines ( with heavy chumming) over cut baits. Look for redfish along South Shore potholes on low tide days, in 1-2 foot of water. During high tidal conditions try fishing oyster bars adjacent to deeper water troughs.

In both scenarios the presence mullet schools have been the key factor to a sucessful day of redfish fishing. Once you find the mullet along shallow water potholes or oyster bars position your boat in there line of traffic and fish the mullet highway! Let the mullet come to you and work these schools of mullet with generous portions of live chummers.

Acurrate long distance casts are vital to catching South Shore redfish during spring's clear and skinny water conditions. Free lining lives baits has gotten the best results, but if you need to add a few more feet of casting distance to inorder to hit the zone, try adding a popping cork to your rig.

So, in summary look for the schools of mullet on the Tampa South Shore flats, position your boat, so the mullet come to you. Chum heavy, free line bait or use popping cork, make long casts towards incomming mullet schools and hold on to your rod!

'Till next time have a safe and quality day on the water.

 "Fishing Like A Pro" with EUPRO! 

Capt Sean Hagen Eupro Pro-Staff  director.

1877 357- HOOK (4665)

 

 

 

Black Drum Fishing Tampa Bay!

 

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It's late February and water temperatures are slowly rising, which means the good fishing we are used to in March, April and May is beginning earlier this year. The Snook are starting to move to the river mouths and are getting a little more active on artificial and live bait. The Redfish bite has been as steady as the Mc Donalds drive through at lunch time. 
I have been catching Redfish on gold spoons, DOA jerk bait and white bait. This year for some reason most of the reds have been 20" and up, last year at this time the rat reds where in abundance in the areas I fished.
Last week I was invited by Captain Mike Murry and Kris Greene to try out a few custom rods Kris had built called The Greene Stick.  The weather was on our side, a slight chop, water temp was 68 and we had an incoming tide most of the day. I figured the bite would be ok.  First stop was the skyway got some great bait and head of to catch some trusty trout. 
We used DOA shad and jerk bait most of the morning on the grass flats with only a few strikes, every hit was felt on these super sensitive rods. We moved into deeper water with a few decent pothole to target some larger trout. The bite picked up and we started  catching trout around 17 to 20 inches on live and artificial bait; we got our trout fix!
 We had heard the Black Drum where in town for their yearly spawning ritual.   We did not think twice about it. My only concerns - how would the Greene stick hold up?. We searched the area for these brutes then we seen a school of about 500 coming towards us like a herd of cattle heading for feeding. I dropped my 4" gulp shrimp just ahead of the school and BOOM FISH ON !!!, I hooked her and gave a heavy strike to make sure she knew I was in charge. I worked her away from the pack and got her to the boat a decent 40lb Drum on a Eupro rod. 
We caught 3 more and a few got off but we had yet to hook one on the Greene stick. We followed the school, many boats had joined us at this time Drum where being pulled from the pack quick photo opportunity and a quick released.
 The Green stick struck and it was FISH ON ! Kris fought him hard to get him away from the pack and now it was the Greene Stick vs Black Drum the fight had begun after almost an hour. The Green stick with only 4lb braid and 15lb Eupro IT fluorocarbon leader was victorious Kris held his 50lb plus beast slightly aloft with sore arms and rod intact, it was easily the biggest fish of the day. 
All on board had a great time and if you want on these fish or go catching other species in the bay call us.
Captain Sean Rice
Shamrock Fishing Charters
1877 357-HOOK ( 4665 )
 

Fishing Tampa January Fishing Report

 

On a recent fishing trip Capt. Sean Hagen,  Capt. Sean Rice, and Capt. Mike Murray got together to do a little scouting on the south shore of Tampa Bay.  We started the day with a run to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to see if there was still white bait holding along the concrete structures. After a bit of driving around the pilings, we saw the bait holding a little deeper than normal but schooled up real thick.  After a few throws of the net, Capt. Sean Hagen had us enough bait for the day just in case the snook decided they wanted to play.

 We made a short run to one of the many small coves that the beautiful south shore of Tampa Bay is known for.  As we scouted around in the tower, we noticed what appeared to be the dark silhouettes of over one hundred snook . We anchored the boat a long cast from where we saw the silhouettes and presented some of the white baits in various different ways.  Over the next half an hour, we presented every bait and artificial we had on the boat. Finally, we got one of these snook to take a piece of cut pinfish. After a nice battle, we boated a healthy snook of about 26" and after a few quick photos the fish was revived and sent back to its home. We fished this spot for another half an hour with no other bites from the snook. We climbed back into the tower and drove close enough to the spot so we could see all the silhouettes and sure enough they were all snook, well over one hundred for sure! Although these snook didn’t want to eat, it was good to see so many of them.  It was also good to know where we could go back to and fish once our waters begin to warm up in a few short months.

 We made a move to a nearby oyster bar surrounded by deeper water.  We set up the boat so we could fish the windward side of the oyster bar and deployed a variety of different baits.  Within a few minutes a nice sized flounder that fell for a gold flake jig comes over the gunnell.  A few minutes later a big sheepshead is taken on a large live shrimp. This pattern keeps up for well over an hour with four keeper flounder and four more keeper sheepshead boated.  We decide to give the snook another shot with the afternoon sun having warmed the water slightly. We spent another half hour on them but they still didn’t want to cooperate with us.

 With just a short ride back to the ramp we enjoyed the afternoon sun and talked about how nice Capt. Sean’s new boat rides and how quick the Suzuki four stroke motor runs.  We also noted on how excited we were to fish those spots again in the spring. Contact Capt. Mike or Capt. Sean to book your spring trips before they fill up as spring is right around the corner!

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Flounder Fishing Tampa Bay-December!

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A great way to enjoy this years holidays is to do a little flounder fishing on Tampa Bay! The Tampa flounder bite has been awesome and only gets better as the weather continues to cool down. Shamrock Fishing Charters of Tampa Bay specializes in inshore flounder fishing.

On recent Tampa & St Petersburg flounder fishing charters we have been averaging over 30 flounder a trip. Most flounder have been a under slot, but we always manage to bring home plenty for supper. These flat fish are mostly caught drift fishing deep water cuts or anchoring up and slow jigging sandy shell bottoms.

Baits of choice have been live sardines, shrimp and scented artificals rigged on a 1/8 oz jig head. The smaller baits produce big numbers, but the bigger baits produce bigger fish.  Palm size pinfish and large chuncks of cut bait are more likely to land you the doormat size Tampa Flounder you have been hunting for.

Good luck, good fishing and happy Holidays!

Captain Sean Hagen   "Fishing Like A Pro With Eupro!"

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Tampa Pro Cure Redfish Report

 Tampa Redfish Report By  Capt. Jeremy Heimes- Tampa-Fishing-Report.Com

Redfish are in Tampa & Sarasota Bay by the hundreds and if your sitting on the couch, your not going to catch any!! Forty to eighty redfish days have been the average, not including trout, snook, flounder and so on. So, get off your butts and get in your boats!

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West Coast redfish have begun their seasonal transition towards wintertime haunts. I am not talking about juvinile redfish in 8 to 12 inch range that flood Bay rivers this time of year. The redfish that I am talking about are still on the flats! Some days they are up close to the shore, while other days they could be over 500 yards out. These slot size reds are traveling with schools of mullet and it might surprise you how far from shore they actually go. I have been putting my clients on these fish for the last few weeks using only artificial's.

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The S.S MINNOW & BOSS JERK BAITS by FISH ON LURES .COM have been getting the job done, just add a little PRO CURE SUPER GEL and its fish on! PRO CURE SUPER GEL is the best fish attractant on the market and it has been a key factor in landing large numbers of redfish. Pro Cure offers a variety of scents, my favorites are shrimp, crab, mullet & shrimp spawn.

Try the Pro Cure Test: Refrain from using Pro Cure until you begin to hook up on fish. Once you have begun to catch a few fish apply Pro Cure to your bait, I guarnantee you will increase in your hook up percentage or I will buy back your Pro Cure. Not only will you experience more bites, but you will notice that fish tend to hold onto baits alot longer than normal." Pro Cure gives me the edge I need to land more fish and plays a vital role in my tournament & charter fishing sucess."

Captain Jeremy Heimes- IFA & West Coast Pro Redfish Tour Leader.

To purchase Pro Cure & other fishing products or to book a fishing charter vist: www.dayawayfishingcharters.com or call Capt. Jeremy at 813 714-9808

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Speckled Sea Trout Fishing in Tampa Bay!

Novembers speckled sea trout fishing in Tampa Bay is oustanding this year! Look for plenty of big gator size trout on the grass flats and in the potholes around Fort Desoto, Tarpon Key and Terra Verde.

For some light action rod bending, plenty of head shaking and drag peeling good time you may want to try a 'lil trout fishing in Tampa Bay! The trout bite has been on fire! 50-100 trout days are the norm and gator trout on the backside of 20 inches has been a give me.

The speckled sea trout are here and these toothy critters are hungry. Live bait, cut, frozen or artificial, it dosen't seem to matter these trout. They are here to eat! Just fish the potholes around your local Bay Area grass flats and it will be game on or should I say trout on!

And of coarse the Tampa redfish are still chewing!

Till next time have a safe and quality day on the water.

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Tampa Redfish, Snook & Speckled Sea Trout

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The Tampa inshore redfish, snook & trout action has been better than good!

Redfish have been everywhere, rats redfish are flooding the rivers and eating anything you throw at 'em! Slot size redfish are in all the potholes from Cockroach Bay to Fort Desota. Oversize reds in 30 plus range are still schooled up on the St. Pete flats working their way between Jack Ass & Tarpon Key. This years redfish fishery has been healthy, fat & hungry, so get out there and catch yourself some Tampa Bay redfish!

Tampa snook action has been good ,but less predictable than the redfish bite. River mouths and deeper water cuts is where you will find November linesiders. Tampa rivers have been good late in afternoon on days with a strong incoming or outgoing tide . Live sardines have been producing the best results in the afternoon, whereas slow action artificials have been working well in the morning hours.

The Speckled Sea Trout bite in Tampa Bay has been awesome! Fat gator trout are on the flats. Artificials, pinfish, shrimp or live sardines, it really dosen't seem to matter. It's hard to go wrong trout fishing this November. Work the grass flats and potholes till your arms get tired of catching trout, but remember speckled sea trout season (south region) remains closed till January 2012.

 

Tampa Flounder Fishing in November

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The Tampa flounder fishing report has been plenty of flounder and big ones to boot! Flounder fishing has kicked off a wee bit early this year in Tampa Bay! If the November flounder fishing is a harbinger of things to come in January & Febuary, Bay area flounder fishermen are in for a "reel" treat!

Doormat size flounder have been the rule and not the exception. It seems everyone has a big flounder story to tell. Ours was a 25 incher caught on a chunk of ladyfish while fishing for redfish west of Tarpon Key. A report from O'Neils Marina tells of a 28 incher caught last week around Boca Ceiaga Bay. Tampa fishing guides Captain Jeremy Heimes & Captain Mike Murray have similar tales of big flounder. So, where did all these fat flat fish come from? Heck if I know, but we are delighted to have 'em!

Traditionally, a flounder over 20 inches is some what of rarity in Tampa Bay. Tampa flounder are typically smaller than those caught on the East Coast and we don't catch the numbers they do either. Most flounder caught here in the Bay Area are by-cathches boated by trout and redfish anglers. However, things have been changing and the flounder fishing has gotten better and better in Tampa Bay.

In the last 5 years of targeting flounder I can't remember having a bad day of flounder fishing during the Winter season in Tampa Bay. Flounder fishing in Tampa is something not often talked about, but it should be, There aint a finer eating fish and the Tampa flounder fishery has come a long way since the 80's-90's. So, get out there and get- urrrr done or call Captain Sean & I will show you how!  

If you got the Zartan's I got the flounder.

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Tampa Fishing In the fall

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The recent change in water temperatures in Tampa Bay have sparked a good inshore chew! Redfish, snook and speckled sea trout are starting to fatten up for the winter months ahead. Look for fish to start bunching up in river mouths and deeper backcountry cuts as they make their way up into the rivers towards their winter time huants.

There is still plenty of white bait around in Tampa Bay and chumming with live pilchards will continue to prove productive until the first freeze. Once water temps start to dip into the low 60's the game will change. Tampa Redfish and snook will start to slow down as they attempt to conseve energy, during this time a slow retrieve produces the best results. cutting the tails or fins on your white bait & pinfish will slow them down and increase your hook-up percentage. Fish the bottom with cut bait, shrimp or artificals, a slow retrieve is going to be vital for suscess during cold water condtions. Exspect the snook bite to diminish once water temperatures drop below 60 degrees. Redfish are more cold water tolerant and should continue to feed, but with less vigor.

Tampa's speckled sea trout are becomming more active, this is a time great to dust off your favorite top water plug! Shrimp on a popping cork will also get it done , but for big gator trout nothing beats a big pinfish! Trout season in our region will close for the months of November & December, so catch and release with care.

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Eupro Pro-Staff Director Captain Sean Hagen

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Pompano, flounder & Mangrove snapper- Tampa Bay Delicious Grand Slam!

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Most Tampa Bay anglers spend their days off from work pursuing what is known as Tampa Bay's inshore grand slam. A grand slam is when an angler manages to land snook, redfish and trout all in the same day. These three Tampa fish species provide excellent sport and pretty great table fare, but let me enlighten you to another type of Tampa inshore slam,  I like to call it the delicious slam. I'm talking about mangrove pompano, snapper& flounder. Man, it just dosen't get any better than that!

 Don't get me wrong I'm all about the sport and I was raised up eating snook, redfish and trout, but if your fishing for grocereries its all about the delicious slam!

The mangrove snapper bite has been very good inshore and even better around the full moon. Small white bait, a little bit of lead and a chum bag is all you will need when you anchor up to your favorite snapper hole.

The flounder have been of good size this year. We have been landing mini-mats in the 15-20 inch range on rock and oyster bottom, look for flounder on backcountry, flats and reefs. Fish a white bait or shrimp on a jig dragged along the bottom for best results. If it's that doormat you want try a big pinfish,  big bait catches big fish!

Pompano have been all over the Bay's markers. Doc Goody type jigs have been getting it done. Just get it to the bottom and pompano on!

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Dose Hitler The Hammerhead Shark exist?

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This has been a great year for tarpon fishing in the Tampa Bay and a banner year for sharks! Whenever large pods of tarpon are present, rest asured that there is bound to be big predator sharks in the area. Hammerheads & bull sharks feeding on adult tarpon is a common occurrence every summer in Boca Grande Pass & Tampa Bay an a necessary part of nature.

There has been some talk of the research vessel Ocean 1 filming shark week down in Boca Grande. The sharkmen are deterimened in their quest to land the ledgendary hammer head "Hitler". Their bait of choice, slow trolling adult size tarpon.What kind of fish takes a hundred plus pound live bait? The answer in many angler's mind would be "Hitler", but the truth is just about any 8 to 10 ft. hammerhead or bull shark.

So, dose Hitler exist? Sure he dose, there have been thousands of eye wittnessed accounts of him devouring tarpon in Boca Grande Pass for decades. Tampa Bay  also has her own history with the mammoth hammerhead shark that dates back before the World  War 2.

The real truth is that Their is more than just one Hitler out there. In fact the existence of Hilter might not be as uncommon as one may think. Lets look at the facts, Hitler is said to be in the 14-20 ft range and lives in Boca Grande Pass robbing Tarpon anglers of their trophy catches.Well, First off how many people have actually seen a 14 ft shark before? A hammerhead measuring 14 ft would weigh about a 1000 lbs and creates quite a presence. Hammerheads and bull sharks are built pretty solid and have alot of girth as well as large size heads. which makes them appear larger in lengththen what they actually are. A 7 or 8 ft hammerhead or bull shark to the average angler is easily mistaken for being  over 10 feet in length. so it would stand to reason that a 14 or 15 ft hammerhead might be mistaken for a 20 footer, but is likely that a true 20 ft hammerhead exists in Boca Grande or Tampa Bay? Chances are that there are a number of true 20 foot hammerheads lurking around. The gulf's great hammerhead in adulthood can reach 20 ft in length.

Dose Hitler live in Boca Grande? Sure he dose, he also lives in Tampa Bay, Anna Maria, Sanibel, Captiva, the Keys and any where else there is a large population of resident or migratory tarpon. A 14 ft hammerhead is not the norm ,but it is not uncommon either. Not to mention the only time you are going to see him is if your diving or playing tug-a-war with a tarpon. The Gulf is full of these brute size hammerheads, just go online and checkout some aeriel footage of our West Florida coastline. Those long dark figures stacked around your local beach are probally big hammerheads and Bull sharks.

Just this week we lost a bruiser shark along the sand bar at Been Point and a few hours later boated a juvenile hammerhead in the Port Manatee shipping channel. So, if your looking to land Hitler or boat a big shark now is the time.Once the tarpon leave most of the big sharks will follow.

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Big Black Drum On Tampa Bridges!

The Big Black Drum bit has turned on under many of Tampa Bay’s bridges. Targeting these behemoth black drum on light tackle has proved to be a rod and back breaking experience. Anglers aboard the Ms. Guided were treated to double and triple header Tampa black drum action all week. Unfortunately Captain Jay only has one set of legs and was forced to make some rough decisions and usually stuck with the biggest fish first. Doc’s Goofy Jigs and a variety of artificial led to hook-ups, but the best and most consistent bite was on free-lined halved blue crab right on the bottom. There may be a few break offs due to the pilings, but you have to love staying in the shade during the middle of the day.

For those not familiar with the Drum Family or saltwater fish in general, several species have a tendency to grunt, croak, and/or chatter a bit when you pull them out of the water. In the middle of taken one gentlemen’s photo this week, the Black Drum he was holding began to grunt in the deepest, lowest resonating vibration, barely in the audible range, which penetrates the body, and in the case, literally scared the color out of his face, as I feared he was going to have a heart attack on the spot. Perhaps I should have told him before hand: Everyone else, consider yourselves warned…

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Tampa Kingfish!

 

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King Mackerel run in Tampa bay has been good. Kingfish are following
their migration pattern up the west coast of Florida towards Louisiana.
They got a bit of a late start this year, but finally arrived in good
numbers along Tampa's shipping channels, Skyway Bridge, artifical reefs
and Clearwaters renowned hard bottom.

Pete and Ray Lusoltren with fellow angler Armondo boated some nice smoker
kings.Their kingfish were boated while fishing the dolphins at Tampa's
Skyway Bridge with captain Sean Hagen of Shamrock Fishing Charters.

The king fish were reacting to live pilchards in the 4-6 inch range,
free lined tarpon fashion on 80lb Eupro IT flouro carbon.

Till next time have a safe and quality day on the water.
"Fishing Like A Pro" with Eupro tackle!
Capt Sean Hagen Eupro PRO-Staff Director.
1877 357-HOOK

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Tampa Fishing- Tarpon, Goliath Grouper & Snook

 

Tarpon fishing at the Tampa Sunshine Skyway has really began to pick up. Tarpon in the 50-150lb range are being taken on both ends of the bridge. Most tarpon anglers have concentrated tarpon fishing on the South end shadow lines. Free-lining live threadfins has been getting it done for Skyway tarpon anglers. Incoming or out-going has not made much of a difference as long as there has been good tidal flow.

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Tampa Skyway jewfish have been gourging themselves on anything that swims. Most Tampa jewfish taken at the Sunshine Skyway have been around the 150 to 200lb mark. Heavy tackle is a must if anglers intend to bring these big boys boatside. Live jack crevalle, ladyfish, rays, or spanish mackerel will entice these brutes out of their holes. What happens next is up to the angler. When fishing for jewfish anglers must practice caution for these fish have extreme pulling power and must be fought with little or no drag.

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The snook fishing along the Skyways lower bridges is really beginning to fire up. Breeder female have shown up and are an absolute blast to catch. These big girls can be taken fishing the out-going tide using live ladyfish, big pinfish,
grunts, or sardines. Freeline baits with the tide and hold on! Remember, there is still a moratorium on snook. When caught, these fat girls should be handled with care, recuscitated and released promptly.

 

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Tampa Bay Snook, Redfish & Trout!

The Tampa snook, redfish and trout bite has been Awesome! Tampa bay waters are in the 70's and rising; April is
less than a week away!

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Tampa snook fishing is begining to heat up! Shamrock Fishing Charters report decent numbers of snook being
caught in the river mouths and the shallow water flats of Tampa'S South Shore. Most snook have been taken while
free lining live sardines or soaking cut treadfin herring over dark patches of grass along mangrove shore lines.
The snook have been ranging in size from 22 to 30 inches which is better than can be exspected.

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Tampa Redfishing been excellent up until the start of start of March's One tide days. However, the redfish bite 
should return to normal once we see a good tide cycle. The bull reds should soon be invading St pete and the
Tampa side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Look for them on the flats and around oyster bars close to Egmont Key.

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z trout fishing has been awesome! 2010 had to be a banner year for big trout and this year should prove
to be the same. Tampa trout populations are flourishing and should continue to do so as long as we dont experience
any bad algae blooms this year. When trout fishing fish the potholes on the grass flats. Big trout tend to feed
around oyster bars and a fat pinfish with the correct presentation might land you that trophy gator trout
you been dreaming about!

Till next time have a safe and quality day on the water!
Captain Sean Hagen "Fishing Like A Pro" With Eupro!
Shamock-Fishing-Charters.com & Eupro prostaff! 1877 357-HOOK!

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Snook Fishing Tampa Bay!

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The snook Fishing in Tampa Bay is beginning to pick up! Recent warm weather conditions and steadily rising water temperatures has sparked a good snook chew! Tampa Bay linesiders have begun to leave their winter-time haunts and begin their springfeed. Spring time in Tampa Bay & St Petersburg has always meant awesome snook fishing.

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It will be interesting to see how fast Bay area snook populations have recovered since 2010's devasting snook kill. So far the outlook appears to be a positive one and we have mother nature to thank for that. Tampa got away with a mild winter this year and that alone is a tremendous step towards restoring local snook populations. Although, I disagree with many state and federal fish closures I believe Florida's temporary moratorium on snook is a just and warranted one. Hopefully we will continue to see an increase in local snook populations and the FWC will soon lift the moratorium on snook.

Saturday I had the pleasure to welcome aboard Bill Decelle. Bill's Son-in-law Micheal and grandkids were visting from So Philly and wanted to get in a little fishing. The St Pete's incomming tide proved to be great for mackerel and flounder as Bill's two grandsons Max & Sam competed to see who could catch the most fish. We left the mackerel biting and decided to do some redfishing along the oyster bars south west of the Skyway Bridge. These bars had been producing some very nice redfish for the last several weeks, but the reds would not chew for Bill, Michael and the boys. If I was looking for an excuse, I guess you could blame it on that dam "super moon" we had that night!

Anyway, we did not spend much time soaking baits for redfish before I decided to hit the South Shore by Joe's Island. After power polling down along a deep water cut we slung some big live baits towards the mangroves and the result was some nice snook. Max & Sam both managed to boat some quality fish! The Snook were pulled from the mangrove shadowlines and dark grass patches in 2-4 of water using Eupro tackle; Good Job Max & Sam!

 Tackle specifications: 4000 series reels, 8ft. 8-17 Eupro Diamond Rods, 10lb Eupro Braid,
2/0 Eupro circle hooks.

Till next time have a safe & quality day on the water!
"Fishing Like A Pro " with Eupro!-EUPRO PRO-STAFF
Captain Sean Hagen of WWW.SHAMROCK-FISHING-CHARTERS.COM

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Tampa South Shore Redfish Bite Is Hot!

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The redfishing on Tampa's South Shore has been very good. We are catching alot of top of the slot size redfish. A 26 1/2 incher we boated the other day weighed in at 8.1 oz, a perfect tournament size redfish.We have been landing these fat redfish around oysterbars on the incoming tide. Dead sticking cut bait or gulp shrimp has been our "modus operandi" and it has been working well.

Patience is key when it comes to catching quality redfish. Tampa Bay waters are still very clear on the shallow water grass flats and these redfish are still a little spooky. It is best to arrive before they do; anchor down and wait for them to show up with the incoming tide. I prefer week days because less boat traffic means less fishing pressure, and the redfish appear to be less weary.

If the weather holds, the redfishing should only continue to improve. St Pete Keys should be seeing more redfish activity and bigger fish. So get out there and get-er-done or give me a call and I'll be happy to show you how! Till next time have a safe and quality day on the water, Captain Sean Hagen of www.shamrock-fishing-Charters.com  1877 357-HOOK! Tampa SouthShore Redfishing.

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St Pete Flounder-March!

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The redfish bite south of the Sunshine Skyway continues to heat up. Look for fat
slot size redfish on St Petersburg and Sarasota's grass flats. Set up on the
incomming tide along redfish highways and Dead stick chunks of cut ladyfish or
mackerel for best results. During high tide conditions, work mangrove shorelines
and oyster bars.


If Live bait is your thing, the Sunshine Skyway is holding nice white bait on the south
end pier. A blacked-out live well and a few chum bats full of live greenies may be all
it takes to kick off a redfish feeding frenzy!

However, if live bait does not do the trick, artificals are always an option. Artificals
cover alot of real estate and are a very effective tool when locating redfish. Often, an
angler will hook a few redfish on artificals (in one specific area) and the bite will
turn off. Okay, you located the redfish, but they quit chewing, what now? switch it up, 
sling some live chummers. If the redfish begin to feed, keep them there by continuing to
chum and begin fishing by free-lining live bait! This how banner redfish days begin!
So, next time "switch it up" and hopefully it will work for you!

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Tampa Bay Redfish!

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Redfishing in Sarasota & St Petersburg In March!

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The redfish bite south of the Sunshine Skyway continues to heat up. Look for fat
slot size redfish on St Petersburg and Sarasota's grass flats. Set up on the
incomming tide along redfish highways and Dead stick chunks of cut ladyfish or
mackerel for best results. During high tide conditions, work mangrove shorelines
and oyster bars.


If Live bait is your thing, the Sunshine Skyway is holding nice white bait on the south
end pier. A blacked-out live well and a few chum bats full of live greenies may be all
it takes to kick off a redfish feeding frenzy!

However, if live bait does not do the trick, artificals are always an option. Artificals
cover alot of real estate and are a very effective tool when locating redfish. Often, an
angler will hook a few redfish on artificals (in one specific area) and the bite will
turn off. Okay, you located the redfish, but they quit chewing, what now? switch it up, 
sling some live chummers. If the redfish begin to feed, keep them there by continuing to
chum and begin fishing by free-lining live bait! This how banner redfish days begin!
So, next time "switch it up" and hopefully it will work for you!

Captain Sean Hagen

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Redfishing in Sarasota & St Petersburg In March!

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The redfish bite south of the Sunshine Skyway continues to heat up.Look for fat slot size redfish on St Petersburg and Sarasota's grass flats. Set up on the incomming tide along redfish highways and Dead stick chunks of cut ladyfish or mackerel for best results. During high tide conditions, work mangrove shorelines
and oyster bars.

If Live bait is your thing, the Sunshine Skyway is holding nice white bait on the south end pier. A blacked-out live well and a few chum bats full of live greenies may be all it takes to kick off a redfish feeding frenzy!

However, if live bait does not do the trick, artificals are always an option. Artificals cover alot of real estate and are a very effective tool when locating redfish. Often, an angler will hook a few redfish on artificals (in one specific area) and the bite will turn off. Okay, you located the redfish, but they quit chewing, what now? switch it up,  sling some live chummers. If the redfish begin to feed, keep them there by continuing to chum and begin fishing by free lining live bait! This how banner redfish days begin! So, next time "switch it up" and hopefully it will work for you!

Captain Sean Hagen

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Fishing Tampa Bay & St Petersburg in Febuary!

Shark Fishing in Tampa Bay & St Petersburg continues to be productive. Black Tips & bonnet head sharks are still being caught around local power plants. Shrimp on a 1/4-5/8 oz. jig head is getting the job done. Try dead sticking or a super slow retrieve for best results. Black tips and bonnet head sharks are ranging from 2.5-5ft. in length. Anglers can expect to average over 20 or 30 sharks on a good day! Saturday we had a young angler land a  pregnant 4ft nurse shark in a deepwater cut on the St Petersburg side of the Skyway Bridge. Ogie Rice landed his first nurse shark on ultra light tackle while fishing for spanish mackerel.

 The Spanish mackerel are upon us!

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Tampa Bay Fishing Report Febuary 2011!

 

    Shark Fishing in Tampa Bay & St Petersburg continues to be productive. Black Tips & bonnet head sharksare still being caught around local power plants. Shrimp on a 1/4-5/8 oz. jig head is getting the job done. Try dead sticking or a super slow retrieve for best results. Black tips and bonnet head sharks are ranging from 2.5-5ft. in length. Anglers can expect to average over 20 or 30 sharks on a good day! Saturday we had a young angler land a  pregnant 4 ft nurse shark in a deepwater cut on the St Petersburg side of the Skyway Bridge. Ogie Rice landed his first nurse shark on ultra light tackle while fishing for spanish mackerel.

 The Spanish mackerel are upon us! Tampa's Skyway is holding large numbers of spanish mackerel. Anglers should have no problem limiting out in a short period of time.Spanish mackerel are feeding on white bait, shrimp,and artificials. The macks varying from 1-4 lbs. Anglers are allowed to harvest up to 15 spanish mackerel per angler per day!

 The flounder fishing has been nothing short of awesome! On recent fishing charters with Shamrock clients theyhave been averaging 12-15 flounder in under a two hour period. The flounder are still on the small side,but we have been managing 4-6 keepers per trip. The redfish are everywhere. It has been the norm to boat over 40 or 50 redfish per fishing charter. Unfortunately most of the redfish fall in the rat red category with a slot size redfish thrown in if your lucky! The good news is I have never seen as many juvenile redfish in TampaBay as I have in the last two years. These fish will soon be adult fish and Tampa Bay red fishing is going to be out of this world! Look for Big reds on the flats around Fort De Soto and Weedon Island.

The Big black drum are here! These brutes are ranging from 30-60lbs and are being taken on the deeper waterflats of Tampa Bay and St Pete. When black drum are in spawn they can be sighted in big schools. These monster black drum are hungry and are feeding on crustaceans and artificials. Try fishing them on light tackle, it's a battle you won't want to miss!

Sheepshead have been the disappointment of the month. The sheepshead have not been seen spawning along the flats deeper water cuts like years past. Perhaps it just didn't get cold enough for them yet or they are spawning on the bays artifical reefs. Don't give up hope, one good cold snap might be all it takes for them to return to their usual spawnig grounds.

Lastly the Speckled trout fishing has been good. Good numbers of the larger trout have been taken on the flats down south. The reports of gator trout in Sarasota as been on the rise this year. In fact this has been the year for big trout through out the Bay!

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Wintertime Fishing Tampa Bay!

Wintertime flats fishing in Tampa Bay is often challenging, yet rewarding. Winter is a great time to learn the lay of the land, the land beneath the water. During the winter season we experience some of the lowest tides of the year. Sandy deserts, grassy plains, muddy boggs,  rocky vallies, deep ridges, and mountains made of oysters seem to appear out of nowhere. Of course they have always been there, hidden benneath a cover of water, only brought to light by the extreme negative low tides of the winter season.

Winter is the best time to survey both familiar and new fishing grounds. Take advantage of negative tides, scout the flats and backcountry, learn the terrain. Look for deep holes that hold water and any type of structure

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ODDBALL FLOUNDER!

Tampa fishing captain does double take after landing a flounder on south shore. "It's got two back sides!" announced captain Sean Hagen a local fishing guide out of Tampa Florida.

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While flounder fishing in Tampa Bay Captain Sean Hagen notices there is something odd about the flounder he just boated.The oddball fish appeared to have two backsides. The back and belly both held the same pattern. Normally the backside (the side with the eyes) is muscled on both sides of the back bone and posses a camouflage pattern. The belly is flat and pearl white in color.

 Although, this oddball flounder appeared normal on its backside, its belly side was definately of a freakish nature. The only white on the belly side was a small section around it's head. The rest of the belly possed the same camouflage color pattern as its backside. Also, the belly was slightly muscled and not completely flat like that of a normal southern flounder.

 No, this flounder was not boated around the Crystal River nuclear power plant. If any anglers have caught simular type flounder Capt. Sean would be interested in hearing about your catch. You can contact him at: 
 shamrock-fishing-charters.com or 1877 357-HOOK

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Sheepshead And Flounder Season In Tampa Bay!

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It's that time of year again in Tampa Bay, the sheepshead are beginning their spawn and it's going to be sheepshead on! Sheepshead make for awesome table fare. Some folks refer to sheepshead as the "poor man's grouper" because they're so tasty, yet you don't have to burn 200 gals. of fuel in an offshore pursuit of them like many anglers do when targeting offshore grouper. Shamrock Inshore  Fishing Charters specializes in Tampa Bay winter time Sheepshead and flounder inshore fishing trips. The bag limits for sheepshead are 15 fish per angler & 10 per angler for flounder. A gag grouper closure goes into effect Jan. 1st. 2011 so, book your "poor man's grouper" trip today by calling Captain Sean Hagen with Shamrock Fishing Charters! Great fun for the wee ones and the not so wee ones, as well.

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Drift Fishing For flounder In St. Petersburg!

 

Now is the time to catch flounder in St. Petersburg. Captain Sean Hagen of Shamrock Fishing Charters specializes in winter time flounder fishing. Captain Sean targets flounder by drifting deep water cuts over sand and shell bottom. Using Eupro Tackle, Captain Sean rigs a 1/2oz  slip sinker to 18" of 25lb IT flourocarbon, ties on a 1/0 hook baited with a small to medium size live sardine. After positioning boat up current he drifts over targeted areas, keeping rod tip up he slowly bumps his line. Captain Sean only retrieves the scope of his line at the end of each drift or when reeling in a flounder. The trick is to casaully drag your sinker over the bottom, bumping it now and again in an attempt get the attention of the Mr. Flounder. Flounder hold tight to the bottom usually blanketing themselves in the sand, so when you bump your rod tip the sinker creates a sediment puff on the bottom, triggering a reaction bite from the flounder. The flash and scent of a crippled sardine in combination with "the Puff" often proves too much to resist. You may be suprised to find how many flounder you can pick-off working the same patch of real estate using the "drift" tecnique.

Shamrock Fishing Charters target flounder in St Petersburg during the months of December thru February!

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Drift Fishing for Flounder in St. Petersburg!

Now is the time to catch flounder in St. Petersburg. Captain Sean Hagen of Shamrock Fishing Charters specializes in winter time flounder fishing. Captain Sean targets flounder by drifting deep water cuts over sand and shell bottom. Using Eupro tackle, Captain Sean rigs a 1/2 oz slip sinker to 18" of 25lb flourocarbon, ties a 1/0 hook baited with a small to medium size live sardine. After positioning boat up current, he drifts over targeted area, keeping rod tip up, he slowly bumps his line. Captain Sean only retrieves the scope of his line at the end of each drift or when reeling in a flounder. The trick is to casually drag your sinker over the bottom, bumping it now and again in an attempt to get the attention of Mr. Flounder. Flounder hold tight to the bottom usually blanketing themselves in the sand. So, when you bump your rod tip the sinker creates a sediment puff on the bottom, triggering a reaction bite from the flounder. The flash and scent of a crippled sardine in combination with "the puff" often prove too much to resist. You may be suprised to find how many flounder you can pick off working the same patch of real estate using the "drift" technique.

Shamrock Fishing Charters target Flounder in St. Petersburg during the months of December through February.

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Fishing in December in Tampa Bay

Inshore Fishing - Miguel's Pass Winter time!

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The mouth of Miguel's Bay is holding good numbers of trout and ladyfish. Try working a popping cork with a live shrimp. For best results fish a good incoming tide. The water can really rip through little Miguel pass and this attracts a variety of fish.

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Hammer Head Sharks in Tampa Bay

 shallow_water_shark_fishing_1Tampa Bay is a shark fishing hot spot! Capt. Mike Guerra AKA Capt.Scully landed a 8ft. hammer head in Port Manatee shipping channel on Tarpon spin gear! Bonnetheads and nurse sharks have been on constant patrol in the shallow water grass flats. Bonnetheads have been ranging from 2-4 ' and I have been sighting numerous nurse sharks up to 7' in length.   Look for them in 1.5''-4' of water.  High water temperatures do not seem to affect their appetites as it does other species of fish, which makes them a great fish to target in the heat of day! They are easily sighted on the grass flats where they are lured by this years abundanceof bait fish.  Anchor up, soak some cut bait, or troll the flats and do a little sight casting with light tackle. Either method will get the job done. Recommended tackle: Eupro 7-8' spin rod 10-20 or 15-30lb test medium action. Eupro 20-30lb, braided line with 30-50lb.  Eupro IT fluorocarbon leader with a 3/0-5/0 circle hook. Now, if it's a Big shark you're after, fish any of the bridges, shipping channels, or offshore wrecks.    The "Big Boys" include hammerheads and bulls sharks. The majority of which migrate to the bay from off-shore. They are following tarpon and large schools of bait fish in early May and June. For best results use big bait: whole ladyfish, mullet,spanish mackerel, or sting ray would be my baits of choice, cut  Bonita also works try butterflying the sides and cutting off the tails. This will help to lend a scent trail and the butterflied sides fluttering in the current will act as an additional attractant.

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Tarpon in Tampa Rivers

picture 011Tampa Bay Rivers are exploding with baby Tarpon. On a recent fishing excursion with charter partner Capt. Sean Rice and Lawrence Eu, the owner and founder of EUPRO Tackle, we did well in our pursuit of juvenile poons. After quickly sighting young tarpon rolling in the early morning shadows,

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Juvenile Tarpon In Tampa Rivers

Tarpon In Tampa Bay Rivers

Tampa Bay Rivers are exploding with baby Tarpon. On a recent fishing excursion with charter partner Capt. Sean Rice and Lawrence Eu, the owner and founder of EUPRO Tackle, we did well in our pursuit ofpicture 025  picture 016 picture 014 juvenile poons.  After quickly sighting young tarpon rolling in the early morning shadows, we set our anchor 
on the out-going tide, pitched to the first poon to break water and Zinnng, it was poon on. The first Tarpon spit the hook after a lot of high-powered headshakes and aerial acrobatics. A quick retrieve and fast recast was immediately 
rewarded with more of the same, I remember thinking, "Man this is going to be a good day!" before I could turn around Capt. Sean Rice was battling one to the right of me. Tarpon were rolling everywhere! Lawrence soon hooked up with his Eupro rod had that sweet bend in it, as the determined poon peeled the 15lb Eupro braided line off his 2500 series reel! Baby Tarpon on Eupro light tackle was a blast that day! If you would like to get in on the action give us a call at 1877-357-HOOK www.shamrock-fishing-charters.com and start fishing "Fishing Like A Pro With Eupro" and Shamrock Charters! Capt. Sean Hagen & Capt. Sean Rice of EUPRO PRO-STAFF and Shamrock Charters - A Shady-Shamrock fishing report- www.tampa-fishing-report

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Tampa Captains Fishing Report

P1010031summer time fishing report the tarpon are every were they are in the bays on the beaches and in the rivers and they are biting I have been catching them really good in the rivers for the last two weeks and I thinkits going to just get better for the next few weeks because we have a full moon coming  up and some really good tides what you want to look for are the out going tides in the after noons or at the break of daylight that has been the best time for me its seems like that has been the best feeding time to catch them I have been catching them on the boss swim bait,d.o.a bait buster and the catch 2000 from mirr-o-lure for live bait its all the above green backs,finger mullet,pen fishand shrimp for the 100 plus pound tarpon I have been using 12 to 15 inc live lady fish or cut shadon the bottom those have been the best baits for me to find these fish in the rivers you just have to start at the mouth of the river and idle up river till you see them rolling and when you get to a spot that looks good just stop shut off the motor and sit there for aP1010124little wile if you don't see any go on till the next good looking spot and do the same you will find them never give up here is a picture of Brian and his son with a little tarpon we caught a few days ago   The Trout have really been biting good also I am catching them in about 2 to 5 feet of water over the grass flats we are using a  soft plastic on a jig head or a popping cork with a jig under it or a d.o.a shrimp the way that I have been finding them is pulling up a grass flatsitting my self up with the wind so I drift across the hole flat I am making long troughs with the wind once I find the areas on the flat that they are in I just keep repeating that same driftand we have been getting are far share of them   Red fish I have been targeting them on the hi tides fishing the points and rock pills using cut bait and shrimp I am putting the shrimp on a cork and letting it drift around the points or rocks that I am fishing around and the cut bait I am free lining on a two hook around the same areas it has been working really good for me the fish have been any were 18 to 35inc if you wantto throw soft plastics at them the shreader on a edge hook has been working very will so get out there and catch them up
 

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Tampa Bay snook populations took a hard hit this winter.Many of my '' go to'' snook spots that held large numbers of juvinile snook resembled a deserted village. The river estuaries which usually held hundreds of dink size line siders during the spring season held trout and redfish, but little in the way of snook.

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julypic Tampa Bay Snook populations took a hard hit this winter. Many of my '' go to'' Snook spots that held large numbers of juvenile Snook resembled a deserted village. The river estuaries which usually held hundreds of dink size line sliders during the spring season held trout and redfish, but little in the way of Snook. So, where did all the Snook go?

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The last Tango on Tampa Bay

Welcome Anglers and fishing addicts!

I hope you have had a chance to get out on the water and do some fishing the last few months. I have really enjoyed my self this year so far thanks to the great fishing here in the Tampa Bay area.


I went to the Keys a few weeks ago to fish for some Mahi- Mahi and I was not disappointed, incredible fish to fight and even better on the table with a few hush puppies and coleslaw. The fishing in the bay has been great,

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Inshore and Offshore- Fishing Tampa Bay

by Brad Leber

  

Today was the day. A good incoming tide, sunny, no rain, but, 20 knot winds and a small craft advisory. Three out of four isn’t bad. I was invited to go out and fish with Sean Rice and Sean Hagen from Shamrock charters, a local charter operation that fishes the South Shore from Apollo Beach to the Skyway; these guys don’t keep themselves limited to those areas, but from what I have gathered, those are their main stomping grounds. The vessel I would be climbing on was a twenty two foot Ranger bay boat with a nice tower. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to fish-who can pass up the chance to learn new areas, tips and techniques, along with the normal joking around and camaraderie of a day on the water.

 

 

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