Fishing Report – Tampa Bay- Homassasa- New Port Richey

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It has been a while since I have been able to actually sit down in front of my computer and type out a fishing report to let everyone know what is going on in the waters off our coast. But I had a very good excuse, I have been chasing Tarpon for the last two months and as many of you know it has been a very successful season so far.  We are not done with the silver king just yet though, we will be in there presents for the next 2 or 3 months depending on mother nature. As we roll into summer I start to fish for all the inshore species again, Snook arIMAG0968e high on the list as they are on our beautiful beaches getting ready to spawn. They are in large schools and make pretty easy targets as they are looking to fatten up during this time. The trout and redfish are very abundant and are ready to eat just about anything that is presented to them. This is also the time of year that we make the short runs to some of my offshore spots to catch a mess of Mango Snappers, these feisty little snapper are up to 4 pounds and are some of the best eating fish in the water.

The other summertime adventure I have going on is my Scallop trips. This is the best way to stay cool in the hottest part of the year, and IMAG0937also have a great time literally picking up dinner. I am leaving out of the Homassasa area and we have been getting our limits very quickly. This is a great way to enjoy some fresh Florida seafood and stay cool doing it. And it is as easy for the grown ups as it is for the kids;)

Myself, Capt. Clay Eavenson, and Capt. Greg McCullough are diving into the world of radio. We are going to be on every Sunday from 8 to 10 am on 1010am. If you are in the area give us a call and lets talk about what is going on outside your door.

Looks like it is going to be a very busy summer so keep checking in to see what is happening. I have included some of the best “jump” shots I got this year so far, hope you enjoy them.

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Fishing Report for Tampa Bay – New Port Richey – Boca Grande

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It has been a while since my last report and for that I am sorry, but it has been the busiest year of my 19 years in the charter business!! I am up to 227 trips this year already and still have 3 month to go with 48 more on the books already. All  I can say is THANK YOU to all who have fished with me this year and years past.

 Now for the report, to say the least the fishing has been very good over all with some times being better than others. This years Tarpon season was awesome with a lot of fish take on the Beach, Harbor, and Pass, We also had a great year in the PTTS to my team, Sea Hunt / Angling Adventures won the team of the year race giving me 6 TOY awards. we are definitely looking forward to next year.7-6-2011_875

 The Snook bite this summer has been very consistent with a lot of 23 to 26 inch fish and several fish over the slot, they have been crushing live bait and have been very quick to take top waters and jerk baits. The best time to get them eating has been on the strong moon tides and anywhere you have good current with some kind of structure. The Reds have been decent but not great for this area, most of the fish have been in the slot and are eating good when you get on them but there is a lot of pressure on them so they do not stay put long. The Sea Trout have been noticeably absent from our waters this year, I’m sure they will be here now that the weather has started to cool. The ones we have been catching are nice ones though, 4 to 6 pounds have been the norm on the trout this year. 005008DSC00715

 We have finally seen the first cold front come through this week and the first north winds are blowing, while some fisherman see this as a problem, those that have been in the game a while now this is the best thing that can happen. our Fall fishing is about to explode, and the timing is perfect, TONS of bait are all over the flats and the shorter days and cool north winds let the fish know it is time to eat !!

With a day off today because of the windy conditions i have time to do some reel and boat mantinace to get ready for what is going to be a busy fall. I also want to again thank all the folks that have been with me and are going to be on the boat, this is going to be a great fall/winter season and can’t wait to get out there!!

 

Thank you Capt. Greg DeVault

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Fishing Report – New Port Richey – Tampa Bay – Tarpon Springs

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Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, mother nature lets you know every once in a while she is on your side. That has been exactly how the past few weeks have been. I have been on the water everyday and the fishing has been getting better and better. Even on days when the tides are a little weak the fish don’t seem to mind at all. All the players are here Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and even some very big Bull Sharks.DSC00684

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With the weather this month is turning out to be absolutely beautiful, the fish did not hesitate to start fattening up on the large schools of sardines that have arrived. This has been the ticket to some great catches the past couple weeks. I have been loading the well and getting back into the areas that hold fish before most others can get there, thanks to my new Shallow Sport. This has made a big difference in the catching, with all the bait around, it is not about getting bait, but getting the bait to the fish FIRST. This new boat allows me to do just that, and the catches have been awsome!    DSC00709

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I have already started to see some Tarpon showing up in our waters and it won’t be ling before the large schools of migrating fish will be here, if you want the chance to catch one of these giants don’t wait any longer, the best guides fill up early. I have also been catching alot of small Scallops in my castnet, a very good sign that we are going to have a very good crop of them for the upcoming season that starts in July. If you would like to give this a try contact me as soon as you can as I am starting to fill up for that, I will start my scallop trips on July 16 and they will run through the beginning of September.

If you have not been out to enjoy the Florida outdoors and all it has to offer now and through the summer, don’t miss out! The fish are waiting for you!!

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Fishing report- Tampa Bay- New Port Richey- Tarpon Springs

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Gorgeous weather, Great clients and tons of fish is about the best way to describe what has been going on so far this spring. The fishing has absolutely exploded the past month and looks as if it is only going to get better as we move into April and May. The red-fishing has been very good with alot of fish in the slot and over-slot coming to the boat, the Trout fishing has been spectacular to say the least, 30 to 40 fish a trip with some giant gators up to 26 inches has been the norm all month long. The best part of March was to see a strong return in the Snook bite, We have had several weeks of very good Snook fishing and the large fish are eating right along with the smaller ones, we have been catching Snook to 38 inches regularly and there have been quite a few that there was no stopping!!DSC00685

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All this great fishing and we haven’t even seen the Kingfish or Cobia yet, but that will change any day now. I am starting to see alot of BIG southern stingrays around and the Cobia will soon be trailing them. And on the beaches the bait is starting to get thick, and with it so are the Spanish Mackerel. The Kings wont be far behind them as the buffet gets into high gear they wont miss this party.imagejpeg_2_11IMAG0539

With all this great weather and good fishing My bookings have been doing very well, if you would like to get out in April, May or June pleas call as there are VERY few days left! You don’t want to miss it this year, the fish are ready to go….Are you?DSC00694

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Fishing Report – Tampa Bay – Charlotte Harbor – New Port Richey – It Is Time

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After another cold winter that offered up some of the best fishing I have seen in several years I was ready for the warmth of spring to finally get here. Well little did I know that old Puxatony Phil would hit it right on the head this year. The little Rodent no sooner stated that winter was over before the Florida sunshine brought warm breezes and warm waters our way. It was very nice to be in Shorts and flip flops again looking for the little silver bait-fish we call Whitebait.  01

With all the warming up we did at the end of February we were able to get a jump start on spring, I had a few trips that we were able to catch sardines and the fishing was spectacular! We had inshore slams for everybody on several trips. It was good to see the Snook show up and feed after the past few winters they have had. They were very aggressive and looked very healthy, The redfish have been scattered out, but there are plenty of them, along with some very large sea trout. The Trout have been the mainstay all winter and with spring here the big Gator females will begin to school up and get ready to spawn. These are the days that we will be catch 30 or 40 of them up to 6 pounds002 (2).

We are just starting to enter what I think is the best time of the year for fishing our area, we will have Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks, and some Tarpon will start to show. And with the springtime weather it is one of the prettiest times to be on the water.

I have added a new boat to my fleet this year, it is a 21 foot Shallow Sport, this boat will carry up to 4 anglers and allow me to reach waters I never could before. No fish is safe from us now. My new Ranger will soon be here and it will be my Tarpon boat along with plenty of inshore duty to.

Now is the time if you’ve been waiting for some great fishing, check out what is available for March and April and get in on some of the best fishing  going.  004 (4)

Fishing Report- Tampa Bay- Charlotte Harbor- Boca Grande- Roll Tide

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Although it may sound like I’m a Alabama fan, quite the contrary is true. Born and bread in the sunshine state has left me with only two real options for collage fan support. It just so happened that I would have two father and sons on the airboat this week, that were alumni of each. Shane and Nicholas were the Gator contingent, and childhood friend Jeff and Weston took up for the Seminoles. I must say that the annual Florida- Florida State game was definitely a very good one this year, so you can tell where my allegiance lays.DSC00675

Anyway back to the fishing, with a weeks worth of airboat trips on the books it was time for some shallow water puddle jumping. The two boys were raring to go and the boat had not even come to a stop on the power pole before Nickolas was putting on a clinic. He quickly caught 5 or 6 very nice trout and then followed it up with a very nice slot redfish. The rest of that day was very entertaining with the boys out fishing the dads….At least that’s the story i got. The second day was very foggy and almost felt surreal as I think we were the only boat on the water. The fish didn’t seem to care though, today’s was Westons turn to take the lead and put the boys team out in front. He did so with several nice speckled trout and a couple of nice Reds. However the dads where not going down without a fight and had it tied up by 10 AM. Then it happened, as if on cue from a ESPN commercial Weston hooks a nice fish to put his team back on top, and yells the words “ROLL TIDE” ! The whole boat when quiet for a moment then broke out in laughter. From that point on every-time….I mean every time the boys hooked a fish it was “ROLL TIDE”! It was funny though we could never get Shane ( the Gator Dad) to say it..couldn’t figure that one out!!!

Well the fishing has been nothing short of spectacular this winter and it looks as if we aer going to have DSC00673a much more consistent weather pattern from here on out. This will help set up for a very good spring, and the return of our bait fish and migrating fish wont be to long from now.

But for now I am still fishing the lowest water I can get and casting to fish that are holed up in the deeper potholes and troughs on the edge of the flats. The Mirrolure Little John and the Provoker have been the hot baits. There is nothing out there that wont eat them. I’m fishing them on a 1/8 and 1/4 ounce jig head and just bouncing them off the bottom, the fish have been fairly aggressive and it in very common to catch 10 or 15 fish out of the same hole.

If your not out enjoying this great winter fishing you better hurry it wont be here much longer, but the springtime fishing should be off the hook this year!

Get out and enjoy.

Capt. Greg

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Fishing Report – Tampa Bay – Charlotte Harbor- Hot as Ever

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Mother Nature has again been able to show us just how much global warming is taking hold of our world. This December has been one of the coldest on record again. The only good thing is that it was a gradual cool down unlike last years arctic blast that did so much damage.

The fishing however has been outstanding, I have been fishing out of my airboat on the negative low tides we get in the winter. We have been averaging at least 100 to 150 fish  a day DSC00658with Redfish, Specled Trout , and surprisingly enough a good number of Flounder. I have been targeting the pot holes and troughs on all the flats in Charlotte Harbor, the low water forces the fish into these holes and they are sitting ducks. We literally catch every fish out of the hole, then fire up the motor and move to the next one and do it again! One of the best parts of fishing out of the airboat is that I have the area all to myself, not even a kayak can go where I can. It is a great way to fish and a very exciting way to see all the natural beauty of the Back country.

I have also been doing very well back to the north around New Port Richey and Tarpon Springs. I have been fishing out of my Banshee Extreme skiff and doing very well here to. I have been targeting the back bays that are out of the weather and have dark bottoms that retain heat from the day. My charters have been catch over-sized redfish along with a good number of slots and some very nice trout.This has all been done using soft plastics on jig heads. The Mirror lure Lil John has been the big producer in the golden bream color, if you aren’t using these you should be.

This has been one of the busiest Decembers and January I have had and I think alot has to do with how good the fishing has been, It looks like we are going to have a normal winter the rest of the way which should make for a fantastic spring. It is right around the corner so get ready for some great fishing were coming up on the best time of year to fish our area. DSC00654

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Fishing Report – Chalotte Harbor – Tampa Bay- Flat wearing them out

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As most of you know I look forward every year to this time of year. The north wind pulls the cold air down from the north and while other fishermen stay in the warmth of there houses we are out absolutely hammering the fish with no competition. I know your asking why would anyone sit home if the fishing is this good, well I have a small advantage over them other guys….I fish out of my airboat during the winter which allows me to access water that outboards cant even think about getting to. This is the reason I love to feel the cold north wind blow, it makes our low tides even lower and alot longer. The fish get trapped in all the holes and troughs and I drive up to them and me and my clients catch fish all day long. kevin

December 2 was my first trip of the year and it was chilly to say the least a cold front had past right on time and the wind was out of the north east. My clients for the day were a surprise set up by a good friend and partner on our PTTS Tarpon team. The surprise was that our team Frank, Artie, Jon, and me were going to fish for the day. needless to say the fish would not have the advantage today, as all of us are very accomplished fishermen. When the day was done we had landed 125 redfish and a couple dozen trout with a flounder and some other stuff, Jon was the big winner with 38 or so redfish. The next 3 trips were very much like the first we did not have a day that we did not break the 100 fish mark. One of the best parts of these trips are all we use for bait in artificial lures, so for those that are not sure of how to use them, by the end of the day they are pros.

This type of fishing will continue through out the winter and usually only gets better as the water cools off. As long as we do not get the bone Chilling cold of last year, it looks like it will be another great year for jumping around the holes in the airboat. As for the fish I tend to target mostly reds and trout this time of year. They are much easier to target with the cold water and will not get lockjaw as badly as some of the other inshore species. I like the lowest water I can get no matter what boat I’m fishing out of, the low water groups the fish together and forces them to become competitive for food. When you find the right hole you can sit there for hours and catch fish on every cast.

Good luck dress warm and get out there, and if you hear the big fan blowing you are probably close to the fish!!   greg

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Fishing Report – Charlotte Harbor – Tampa Bay – New Port Richey- Perfect

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We are very blessed in the state of Florida to be able to fish all year round and have beautiful weather for most of it. With that being said, there are 4 months in the year that are the absolute best for fishing and just being on the water. March and April in the Spring and October and November in the Fall, these 4 months provide some of the most beautiful days of the year, and the fishing is of the charts. DSC00623

This November has been one of the Best I can remember, the fishing has been absolutely spectacular, and we have had a run of the prettiest weather I have seen in a while. I have been running alot of charters in both Charlotte Harbor and Off of Anclote, and both places have been producing very good catches. This is the time of year that our most plentiful fish becomes very aggressive and is looking to eat anything that moves. I am talking about our Speckled Trout, they are moving into the shallow holes and troughs that cover the flats in both areas. In some cases they are so thick we were catching them on every cast for over 3 hours, They are averaging about 20 inches and with the lighter tackle that we use in the cooler months, they put up a very good fight.

The best part about fishing the holes this time of year is that you never know what is going to eat your jig. We have been catching Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Bluefish, Ladyfish, and black Drum all out of the same holes.The only key that we have had to watch for is the mullet, if they are in the hole you will catch fish. In the fall it is normal for the sardines we use for bait to come and go, I will usually not even mess with them as the fish will eat just about anything in front of them as long as the mullet are in the holes feeding.

This is a great time of year to break out the fly rods also, the fish are aggressive and you can approach them very easily, the word picky is not in there vocabulary right now. During the month November most of the charters I ran were very successful, we have been averaging at least 75 fish in a 6 hour trip. 004 (4)

Hopefully the weatherman is right in his prediction of a warm winter, if he is and this warmer than normal weather persists it will be a banner year for fishing through February. The bite will stay red hot as long as the water temps stay in the low 70’s

Now is the time to start making plans if you want to get in on the best fishing we’ve had in a while, December and January are filling up fast so give me a call if your ready to go.

Fishing Report-Tarpon Springs- New Port Richey- Tampa Bay- Get away from the city

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There are some weeks when I sit and wonder where have all the fish that we used to catch gone? It seems like over the past two months the fishing has been just okay, we were catching all the usual suspects just not nearly the numbers of them that we should be. This got me thinking, if the fish are not were they should be they must be somewhere else. So I called a good friend and fellow captain Clay Eavenson and said lets go looking for a day. We loaded up my Banshee Extreme and started running down our coats at 7 am, the water was flat and you could see fish from a mile away. We had traveled about 3 miles to a flat in Sand Bay before we stated to see any signs of life. When we slowed up we could see large wakes from fish pushing all around and away from us. We both instantly though redfish, But it turned out to be an even rarer species than reds lately….Jacks, With the commercial value of Jacks going up they have become a very popular target of the net fishermen and have been decimated by them! the Jacks were so thick just a few years ago that you could not help but catch 20 or 30 every trip, now we are just happy to see a school of them. After playing with them on top-water for a while we decided to go in search of redfish and the other inshore species. We literally ran over 30 miles of shore line and only seen a hand-full of fish, we were both puzzled and could not figure it out. On the way back we decided to take a different rout and think “out of the box” so to say. Lets look in places that don’t receive alot of pressure from boats and fishermen, as we started our journey we still were not seeing many fish. Then it happened, we came around the corner of a sand bar in the middle of nowhere and there they were…one of the biggest schools of redfish I have seen in 4 or 5 years! We backed off them and began throwing top-waters and jigs to them to see if they were going to cooperate with us. My first cast was met with an almost instant blowup, Clay threw his jig in behind mine and we both had fish on. You would have though we had just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as we were both giggling and carrying on about the reds as they all swarmed around the boat chasing there friends with hooks in there mouth.DSC00611

It was funny that between the two of us we have over 50 years of experience on these waters and yet we were able to find fish in a spot neither one of us has fished or even really payed attention to very much. Just like on land things change and people move from one area to another, fish seem to do the same, and when you think you have them figured out there gone. Our “little” school of fish have been good for the past week, letting me catch them on a few charters and even letting Clay and I film an episode of Pro Angler Journal TV with them. This introduction has turned into more of a story than planned but it was just so cool to see how when you think a little different you will get different results!

As for the fishing  the past week has been very good, Redfish and lots of big gator trout are moving in for the Fall feast. They seem to be best on the incoming tide when the cool offshore water stimulates there need to feed. The trout have been mainly on any hard structure, oyster bars, rock jetties and hard sand channel edges. If you move out into the passes you will find all the Spanish macks you want, and just offshore 3 miles or so look for any hard bottom and the Kingfish wont be far away.001 (2)

I always look at Fall as our second spring, the main difference is everything is in reverse, so if you want to catch fish they are there, just look to areas that don’t have boats and fishermen trolling or running through them constantly…who would want to live in the city!!