Fishing in Tampa Bay has been really good this year. Catching more snook and bigger trout!! However, Im not seeing nearly as many redfish. Is it me or are others seeing the same?
Too many snook, that's a problem I can deal with! Was working from home yesterday and I went out to my dock and saw about a 4 1/2 to 5 ft gar hanging around my floating dock. No snook, no reds, no trout, no Mangroves, not even sheepheads.I've never heard the concept of "too many snook." Fascinating idea... gonna require some personal looking into.
Bob, I think the impacts of Hurricane Irma are starting to show up in the fishery. It brought a lot of fresh water into the Bay. From what I understand, the salinity levels in Florida Bay and water depths in the inner Everglades are at the best levels in the past 20 years. Apparently there has been a huge spawn of fish and crabs. This has resulted in the big number of juvenile snook, reds and trout. Like you said, give it a couple of years and continued focus on water quality and we could have some great fishing. I just wish scientists could figure out how to restore all of the grass flats that were destroyed.Where I am, the ‘glades, sailcats even eat popping bugs...
We gave a “two catfish rule”... catch two and it’s time to move...
We’re finding lots of reds down here - but all of them are dinks... A year or two from now and we should have lots of slot sized fish.
I hear they are completely shutting down snook, reds and trout to help with the recover. A guide than works that area told be yesterday about it, but was complaining about it too. I personally think it's a good thing to help with the recovery.Seems like my area (Matlacha) lost a whole year class of reds over the summer last year. Seeing almost no 21" - 27" fish. Still getting small and big ones (not as many big ones as before) but not ANY of those slot sized ones. Looking forward to a year with no major water issues...
The redtide never really made it past Cockroach up in the Tampa Bay, so those areas where you would fish are still good. Like backbone, I've had no problems catching all the snook and an occasional red up that way. But down here on the lower south side of the bay, west of the Skyway and further south into Bradenton and Sarasota and the outer islands, there is definitely a noticeable difference in numbers from last year.I also fish Tampa Bay but I have not seen any diminished numbers of fish or the size of the fish. I don't fish every weekend so it may not be apparent to me as it would be to someone who is always on the water.