Fall Fishing in Tampa Bay


Fall fishing is in full swing- early morning temps are low 70’s, the water is cooling off, the bait is big and plentiful, and the fish are increasingly active.  This weekend, action was a little slow in the deeper water- I had a lively pinfish out front for a couple of hours, and it was never touched – so I decided to change strategies and fish along the seawall in Pass-A-Grille. Good plan, as it turned out.

I caught small mangrove snapper by the dozen, with a few foot long specimens mixed in. I was able to sight cast to a BIG sheepshead, who promptly inhaled my shrimp. There were grouper there too, including the 19″ gag pictured above. The jack crevalle were tearing into the bait schools, mac’s were splashing in the deeper water, and I heard that cobia and keeper grouper were caught at Merry Pier on Friday. Yeah, this is a good time of year for fishing!

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