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September 2014 Fishing Report and Forecast

 Tampa Bay


 Snook, Trout and Spanish Mackrel

Florida Sportsmen Show

September has arrived and thunderstorms are still part of our day. Later in September we can expect the storm activity to wind down. We still have to contend with the 90 plus degree air temperatures and high humidity. Please drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

This past August was hot but on most days we had a little breeze as well as earlier than normal storms to help keep the temperature in check. The fishing has been good and I expect that to continue if not improve as we get later into September.

Redfish have been a bit slow on the Southsore but I am hoping that to improve as we move later into September. This year I plan to fish the longest Redfish Tournament held by the Southshore Anglers Club. This year’s event will be held on Sept 27, 2014. Check with for details. I do hope the redfish will remember to show up!

The Spanish mackerel bite was tremendous in August, and would not expect any change for at least another month. The Spanish mackerel will be around until the water temperature starts to drop into the lower 70’s. Fish mackerel with live greenbacks and chum with a frozen chum bag or cut up white bait.

The tarpon bite was very slow in August but I still expect to see a few caught through September and into early October. I would fish Tarpon on a Strong outgoing tide using big pinfish or a larger thread fin haring.

The Snook bite has been very good throughout August, however we are not catching many that are over 22 inches. Snook season opened on September 1st but most responsible anglers will continue to limit the number of snook they keep. This will help the snook population continue its slow rebound from the 2010 cold snap that killed many of our prized fish.

The trout bite was very good in August and expect it to continue as we move into the fall months. I still like to find grass in the 4-foot plus depth range.  I fish trout with a popping cork using shrimp or free lining trout with white bait.

Each year in September Florida Sportsmen brings to Tampa there fishing Expo. This year show will be one of their best. Show dates are September 13 and 14 at the Florida State Fair Grounds. I attend this show each year looking for deals on both fishing tackle and hunting supplies. Check out the Florida Sportsmen Web site for more details (

September sometimes can be a slow month for fishing but if you use a few tricks you just might improve your catch ratio. None the less, it’s still good to get out on the water and experience this beautiful area we live in. Sometimes fishing is just the reason used to spend time with friends and family. Catching fish is the bonus!

Capt. Danny Guarino a lifelong resident of the Tampa area and full time fishing guide on Tampa Bay. 813-956-2010 Capt. Danny co-host the Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio show on Sports talk Tampa Bay 1040 The Team each Sunday Morning and is a proud member of the Pro Mercury team.


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