Mid-May Tampa Bay Kayak Fishing Report
It’s been a little rough out there as far as wind is concerned. Blowing mostly from the East, this gave me the opportunity to plan my launches in protected areas keeping us out of the rough stuff. Although there were times the wind caught up to us, paddling the bay was very manageable.
The Snook bite was the hottest with many being caught all over. From the mangrove shoreline to the grassy flats, many were caught primarily using the Dawgwalker by Unfair Lures. The fish reacted with pure aggression on every strike!
Trout were a little tougher to find as they seemed scattered throughout the flats in a little deeper water (in the 4’-6’ range) and even deeper in the warmer days. All Trout reacted well using the Stickminnow 90 also by Unfair Lures, cranked slow with many long pauses.
The Redfish bite was slow at best. The winds made it harder to see them and kept them scattered and on the move. Only a handful of Reds were caught and not as many seen.
Jack Crevalle were also on the move and in full force! Huge schools have been invading the flats and as always they are hungry! I couldn’t get anything pass these guys so like the old saying goes’ “If you can’t beat em’ join em’!”
The most productive bite was during the second half of the incoming tide up into the beginning of the outgoing. Once the tide was up, the fish were a lot harder to locate since they hung tight or way inside the mangroves.