Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Fishing Reports |

Fall 2019 fishing report

Its been a while since I posted a report so I wanted to catch up. First, in the future go to my instagram for fishing reports and pics. This year has been good with the trips I have done. Plenty of grouper, sharks, tripletail, snook and redfish.

The red tide of last year really hurt the bay fishing so most trips were offshore or in the tampa bay area.

The bay hasn’t yet recovered. Everything was hurt by the red tide. Restaurants were hurt as well as hotels and anything that had to do with the fishing industry. I am thankful it didn’t hurt the offshore fishing so people were able to keep some fish to eat. My son and I are fortunate to have the federal offhore permits so clients can keep fish when we are out past 9 miles. We are the only 2 from the NewPass bait shop that has these permits. They are very expensive in that you have to buy them from someone who has them. The NOAA doesn’t issue them any more. I paid many thousand of dollars to be able to keep fish for clients past 9 miles.

Several guide businesses operate illegally if the keep fish past 9 miles and do not have permits.

I hope to see all of you again this fall and in the new year as my business was hurt bad by the red tide because no one was here. Tune into my instagram to see the latest pics. My instagram is capt.tom_sr.

Hope all of you are well and come on down for some great fall fishing as the spanish macs and kingfish are here as well as tons of sharks. The offshore grouper and snapper fishing is really good too. See you soon….Capt. Tom sr.