Fishing in the bay area continues to be positive. There have been a few slow days, but those days have followed inclement weather. I believe that the fishing in our area is better this year, than it has been in years, for this time of year.

Usually when football season gets here we are on the brink of some fantastic days, and I was a little happy and surprised to feel a touch of fall in the air the other morning. The main attraction lately has been the influx of redfish to our waters. This is an annual treat we get in the fall as schools of redfish come in from the gulf. If you can find one of these schools, catching 50 plus fish is not uncommon. Remember that the limit on redfish is one per person in our area with a slot size of 18″-27″. Live sardines work best but shrimp or pinfish will do the job as well. If you find a school of these bruisers try to be quiet and approach in a stealthy manner.

There has also been a pretty good late summer bite for trout. Most of the trout we have caught have been under the legal limit, but there is a good chance that a day of trout fishing will produce a couple nice over slot fish. You should not have any trouble getting a mess of fresh trout for dinner. If you’re from the north, I will give you the translation. “A mess” means enough or plenty when referring to food.

The snook bite has been good as you can tell from the accompanying picture. We have had positive results while fishing for snook all summer long and all indicators point to this fall being a great time to catch a trophy snook. There are other species in our area that I do not have the space to touch on in detail, but if you are interested in Spanish mackerel, shark, tarpon, grouper, or mangrove snapper, now is not a bad time to give them some attention.

Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing. For charter information or to book a trip you can call 601-2900, email, or visit


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.