January 2018 Tampa Bay Fishing Report

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January 2018 Tampa Bay Fishing Report

by Capt. Scott Keith

Tampa Bay Fishing has been a little tough through the first month of 2018.  We were spoiled last year around Tampa Bay due to a nice, warm winter.  We experienced spring fishing conditions in early February.  I think that’s both good, and bad.  The natural cycle is for warm conditions to be replaced by a period of cooler conditions and colder water.  I think that when this doesn’t happen, it has longer-term adverse effects on the system.  While I was a benefactor of great fishing early last year, I’m patient enough to wait on what I know will be a great spring around Tampa Bay.  Some fish are still available despite the colder water.  Sea trout, sheephead, and mangrove snapper are all good candidates to help fill the cooler.  I recommend fishing in the afternoon once the water has had a chance to warm a bit.  Daylight hours are getting longer and the sun angle continues to increase.  These factors all lead to warmer conditions.  Let’s drag ourselves through a few more weeks of cold.  Give me a call and let’s get something scheduled for spring.  Tampa Bay Fishing will most certainly be heating up by March.  Don’t miss out.  Call or text me at (813) 760-6735 and book today.  Tight lines and stay safe out there.  Visit our Charter Information Page for more details on our trips!

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