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!