All Treats But No Tricks Fishing in Tampa Bay & Clearwater

The inshore fishing here in Tampa Bay and Clearwater has settled into its legendary fall pattern and even ghosts and goblins can’t keep the fish from biting!


Our Fall weather patterns have taken hold as the water temps have dropped ever so slightly but just enough to trigger all of our beloved species on the flats and in the channels.


For you fans of the Summer Olympics, the best gymnastics can be found on the water! Chasing Tarpon – our specialty -continues to produce both huge fish up to 150 pounds for those brave souls who want to lock horns with a massive Silver King. For our customers who prefer quantity over quality – especially our junior anglers and fly fishing clients – we’ve also dialed-in the schools of small tarpon (10 to 30-pound fish) that you can catch on light tackle. The huge Tarpon have been eating crabs and pinfish. The smaller Tarpon have been eating live sardines, small crabs and crab or glass minnow fly patterns.

Now is the time to take advantage of our Tarpon action before they migrate away.


Our early morning trips continue to produce quantity and quality Snook catches, with most fish measuring between 22 and 34 inches on the flats and near the mangroves.

We’ve been catching the Snook on light tackle using live shrimp and live sardines on small circle hooks and light fluorocarbon leaders due the crystal-clear water. We expect this bite to continue into the winter so jump aboard to get your Snook on!


Huge schools of Redfish have occupied the flats and mangroves as the fall baits have shown up. We’ve been catching Redfish measuring between 27 and 40 inches with multiple hookups when we find the huge schools pushing water up on the oyster beds or grass flats on the falling tide.

Like the Snook, we’re catching Redfish on live shrimp, live sardines and the occasional top water plug. The Redfish bite is only going to get better over the next 3 months.


The shark fishing continues to be hot! We’ve been catching a variety of Shark species like Blacktip Sharks, Spinner Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Bonnetheads – and some notorious bullies like Bull Sharks – and this fishery will continue to get better now that the fall conditions have taken hold.

These Sharks can weigh in from 20 lbs and go all the way up to several hundred pounds! Let’s get on this bite!


As we make our way through the end of October and into the Holiday Season, we should start see more bait show up on the oyster beds, flats and channels. This will only serve to fire up the Snook, Redfish, Mackerels, Seatrout, Jack Crevalle and host of other species. Book a trip with Native Sportfishing now.

Tight Lines,
Captain Ben

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