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Tampa Bay fishing report for May


This month Tampa Bay fishing report for May is great. This has not taken us off the water but limited us to inshore fishing. Some late cold fronts have dictated what we target and where we go. Thankfully, Tampa Bay has miles of backcountry area that protects us from the wind and waves. The result has been successful Tampa Bay fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout, and a few shallow water Grouper. Here is a report on what is biting this week and what to expect as the winds lay down into next week.

Tampa Bay fishing for Snook

Snook fishing is the most consistent bite throughout the spring as they stage up in and around the passes and feed aggressively when the tide is moving. On any given day in the spring you can catch 30 Snook while fishing Tampa Bay. Bait of choice is Greenbacks but having a few Threadfin hearing will make for some great cut bait action. Moving water is key so planning your trips around the weeks of the new and full moons will ensure the tidal flow will be good. The rest is just being at the right spot at the right time. Tampa fishing report is great for Snook

 Redfish bite is hot

Redfish are also a hot fish to target. As of late we are seeing some nice schools of fish but they can be picky at times. The fish have been in smaller schools mixed in with mullet or on the flooded tides in the shaded areas on the mangroves. Redfish take some patience and timing but when all the stars align you can expect to catch some nice fish. Some are exceeding 30inches. On the high tides you need to fish the mangroves. I have had a bunch of success throwing a tail hook Greenback along the mangroves. Tampa Bay fishing report for May Red fish is awesome.

Tampa Bay fishing report for May

Trout fishing has picked up for me with the cooler temperatures. Fishing the potholes on low incoming tides has proven to be successful. Using a popping cork or a nose hook freelined Greenback will be you best bet to catching some big Trout. If artificial baits are your choice I always love throwing the Zman paddlerz pearl white in color. You can check out an assortment of baits at


Tampa Bay fishing report for May  Tarpon fishing looks great .

I have some Tarpon trips booked and hope to be able to put the first Tarpon boat side for 2020. I have also been on some nice sized Gag grouper which can be a blast when catching them on freelined baits. Mangrove Snapper have also been hot in the bay. These guys fight like crazy and make for a tasty meal at the end of the trip. I have some days open that typically are not open due to the Corvid 19 pandemic that has hit the entire nation. I can’t think of a better way to get away and do some social distancing than to be out on the boat fishing. Please go to my contacts page and call, email or even book online 

This has been your Tampa Bay fishing report for May.