Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Report Tampa Bay, Manatee River, and Sarasota Bay,
Florida

02/24/19 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
The coldfronts of February have pushed the Snook and Grouper back out to deeper water.
Redfish and trout are still being caught in the 3-6 foot depths on the flats. The weather
pattern should change soon and you should start seeing Spanish Macherel and Cobia along
the beaches in March. For now, it is mostly speckled trout, sheepshead and redfish.


Description of the Inshore waters:
Old Tampa Bay and Hillsboro Bay flow together to from Tampa Bay, which flows into the Gulf
of Mexico. It is a very large natural harbor and shallow estuary bay that has three large
fishing piers that extend far out into the water. It is also broken into sections called McCay
Bay, Middle Bay and Lower Tampa Bay. It averages about 12 feet deep but has some deep
water canals for shipping. The Manatee River flows into the Gulf just below Tampa Bay for
about 60 miles inland passing through Brandenton. Three passes that continuously flush
Sarasota bay keep the blue waters of this area clean. There are abundant grass flats as well
as shallow flats with oyster bars, sand bars and potholes. There are also numerous
mangrove islands that provide great areas to fish.

Species:
Redfish, Snook, Speckled trout (Sea Trout) King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia,
Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, False Albacore, Tripletail, Pompano, and Gag Grouper.

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Redfish, Snook, King and Spanish Mackerel, Sea Trout, Pompano and Sheepshead
Summer:
Redfish, Gag Grouper, Snook, King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Sea Trout, Pompano,
Sheepshead, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, False Albacore, and Tripletail
Fall:
Redfish, Snook, Sea Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, False Albacore,
Tripletail, King Mackerel, and Cobia
Winter:
Redfish, Snook, Gag Grouper, Sheepshead, and Sea Trout

Tide Charts: St. Petersburg Pass

Weather: St. Petersburg, Florida

Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout), Ladyfish:

Flats Flies:
Baby Crab
Brown Crab
White Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Backcounty Baitfish

Inland water Flies:
Olive Baitfish:
White Minnow
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 5 to 10 weight, depending on species

Leaders:
Saltwater Hand-tied Leaders

Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly SS Series: 7 through 10 weight
(depending on species)

Fly Reels:

Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses

Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Fishing Report Archives:
12/2418 Temperatures are down due to cold fronts moving through. Gag
Grouper have moved inshore at this time as well as an abundance of
Sheepshead getting ready to spawn in the spring. Seckled trout (Sea Trout) are
being a little troublesome due to the weather, but Snook and Redfish are still
biting.