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FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Tyler Long for catching this redfish near Honeymoon Island on the kayak last week! You too could be featured on the site, just submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 3/24- 3/30
Hey Gulfsters hope you've had a nice week! Great fishing around the Bay Area this past week. Tons of redfish and trout reports. The fish are all over the flats and being caught in 2-6 feet of water. Also a ton of trout on the dock lights at night. We went out Wednesday night and caught about 20 trout on the lights in Boca Ciega Bay on shrimp and greenbacks. The snook are moving their way out of the canals and towards the beaches this week. Look for them on the flats with some big live baits or MirrOlure artificial baits. Offshore the kingfish have shown up in force along the beaches. It's been on fire very early this year due to the mild winter. The snapper and red grouper bite is good. Some fish in shallows but there's been a steady bite of big fish in 60-75'+. Good luck and as always feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Andrew Thomas for getting this nice hogfish on hook and line this past week off of Venice!  Looks like good eats!  You too could be featured on the site, just submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT: 3/17 - 3/23
Hey guys and gals, Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you! Windy and cold the last few days, lots of incidents on the water this week so remember to stay safe and leave a float plan or let someone know before venturing out. As far as the fishing goes, things have seemingly slowed down some but it could just be a fewer number of reports due to the weather constrictions.  Still some trout and redfish being caught locally on the flats and in the canals.  Seeing some great reports of sheepshead and pompano on the local beaches and jetties!  Try some dead shrimp or pompano jigs for the best results. I also got plenty of inshore gag grouper reports this week so that's worth a try for some challenging catch and release fishing. Not much to report from offshore. The kingfish bite has been solid just off of the beaches though for some brave souls! This Saturday looks like the best weather day we have seen in a while so I'm expecting lots of reports to come streaming in late Saturday into Sunday. Feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or follow me on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to 7 year old Ricardo Rengifo for getting this awesome redfish his first time saltwater fishing! He caught the fish all by himself last Saturday dock fishing in St. Pete Beach! Great fish Ricardo! Submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com and you too could be featured on the site!

FISHING REPORT: 3/10 - 3/16
Hey Gulfsters, hope you had a great week and got outdoors some. A little windy this past week but hopefully it will taper off some this week. The trout bite has really ramped up this week. I guess the warmer weather has turned them on. The fish are in the canals and the deeper edges of the flats. I caught some on MirrOlure and ZMan baits with the fish charging from the muddy bottom to grab the gigs in about 6-feet of water. Still a massive number of snook reports from our area. Fish are averaging 22" to 26" but there are some slot and over slot fish to be found. Redfish have been hit or miss this spring, some guys are hammering them while others are having problems finding the fish. Try searching for the single and pairs of fish in about 2-3 feet of water. Offshore has been on fire all of the sudden. The kingfish have really begun to show up. Going to be a good spring I bet for kings. Good snapper and hogfish reports too. As always, feel free to contact me via email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or follow me on Instagram @snookjam. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Alex Zander for being selected as the fish photo of the week for submitting his photo of this snook he recently caught! Great job Alex! You could also be featured on the site, just submit your photo to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT: 3/3 - 3/9
Happy March Gulfster fishers!  Fish are absolutely on fire right now.  We tried some dock lights this week and found extraordinary amounts of speckled seatrout on the chew. They ate almost everything we threw in the water. Almost every fish was in the legal slot range. Also got surprised when my wife Sam pulled a 24" gag off a dock light in the bay on a 3000 size Shimano reel. The snook and redfish played hard to get at night, but by day they are on fire. Lots of reports of people getting slot fish during opening week of the snook season and he redfish reports continue to pour in. Offshore lots of snapper and amberjack are chewing with some really nice gag and red grouper reports as well. I'm still thinking that 55-70 foot range is the ticket for those of you who can't get way offshore. Feel free to contact me with any questions on email wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to William Pearce for getting this 10lb sheepshead on the speargun, while paddle boarding in Tampa Bay!  Great fish man!  You too could be featured on the site, just submit your photo to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT: 2/24-3/23
Hello fishing friends of Gulfster!!  Hope you had a great week. Snook season opens on Wednesday and the fish remain on fire!  Remember that snook tag if you're heading out to hunt them. The redfish and trout continue to start to turn on. The trout have been on the smaller side this winter but still some good fish out there on the edges of the flats. Try a big shrimp under a popping cork to lure them out of the grass. Expecting a good run of cobia to start to heat up the flats. Always a good idea to put a pinfish out in the rod holder while fishing the flats for the other species. Another option is sight fishing them on the beaches and sandbars or around pilings in the bay. Offshore has been a little slow except for a few kings and some amberjack. I'm still hearing good reports of red snapper as close as 50-feet of water. FWC is meeting in April and discussing a 59-day season, not sure how that will play out but I'm expecting it to be a state waters regulation only and probably only benefit the northern gulf and east coast. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Chris Olinger for catching this awesome redfish with his brother Shane Olinger last week. Nice fish guys!! You too could be featured on the site. Submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 2/17-2/23
Hello Gulfster fishers. Another beautiful week for us Floridians in store. I only got out once this week but between two of us we caught over 20 snook and 6 redfish. All of the fish were on the flats so worth a look for these fish that apparently stayed there all winter. We had luck on live bait and artificial baits, the live bait was thick in Tampa Bay. Expecting more of the same this week. Snook and trout on the dock lights during the evening and redfish and snook warming up in the shallows during the daylight hours. Snook season opens March 1st. Remember you must have a snook stamp from the state, the fish needs to be between 28-32 inches, and there's a limit of one per person (with a snook stamp). Or you can follow my lead and let all of those awesome fish swim back for another day! Any questions feel free to contact me at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to David Weible and Ryan Danhour for bagging these two big uglies (51 and 37 pounds) in Tampa Bay this week with Dan Cronin!  You too could be featured on the site, just send in your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT: 2/10/-2/16
Hello Gulfster fishers!  Hope you had an awesome week. A lot of wind lately but supposed to lay down by Saturday night and definitely by Sunday.  Good reports this week of the black drum (big uglies) in Tampa Bay the last couple of days. The fish are loaded up around the bridges and in schools on the edges of some of the flats. The best way to find them is to look for their big tails waving at you as they nose around in the mud looking for crabs and other crustaceans.  You can catch them on dead or live bait very easily. Another option is using a scented artificial bait like a Gulp! or a MirrOlure Marsh Minnow with a bait scent put on it. There's still a ton of snook, redfish, and trout to be found. Look around docks near the entrances of canals and you can't miss them. Big jacks and Cobia are starting to show up and I expect an influx of Spanish mackerel this week and next adding to the fish that wintered here. Good luck, don't forget to send your fish photos to us, and as always feel free to contact me with any questions at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam
Wes Tallyn 

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Casey Matz for this nice stringer of fish he got a couple weeks ago and being selected as the Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week!! Nice work Casey, and if you need help disposing of those nasty hogfish let me know. You too could be featured on the site, simply submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gulfster.com.

FISHING REPORT: 2/3-2/9
Hello and happy February to all of you Gulfster's out there! Fantastic winter fishing on the good days and tough but rewarding fish on the nasty days. The snook bite this winter continues to impress. Some big over slot snook on the dock lights at night and under the docks and mangroves during the day. I caught a 34" snook just before sunrise on a dock light last week while fishing for redfish. Live shrimp works best this time of year but really any big bait chucked around some structure should produce bites. The trout are still on the grass flats too. Big, over slot fish are being caught from north of Clearwater all of the way down to the Everglades. The edges of the flats are holding the big fish on the colder days but they're venturing up in the shallows in the morning and late afternoon. A live shrimp under a cork produced a 22" fatty on Saturday last week along with a couple other legal sized fish. Get out there and try your luck, the next week or so will hopefully bring in some more fish and start moving some of those migratory species! As always feel free to contact me with any questions at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam! – Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Caio Figueiredo for this nice Crevalle Jack he caught last week off of Port Canaveral. Great fish Caio! You too could be featured on the site! Just submit your photo to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT: 1/27- 2/2
Hey Gulfster Fishers! A fast moving January is coming to an end this week. Some great winter fishing for the area, better than years in the past for me. The redfish, trout, and snook bites are insane. The warmer than usual water temperature is to blame for that! Like I said last week, some spots are better than others but the fish are there to be found. This time of year I recommend live shrimp as the bait of choice but cut bait also can turn in good results. This weekend is the Old Salt Johnny Keller tournament. If you're fishing it, good luck and see you out there! As always feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or via Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Ethan Breslin for being selected as the Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week for catching this nice cobia off of Anna Maria Island last week! Nice fish Ethan!  You too could be featured on the site, just send your fish photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT: 1/20 - 1/26
Hello Gulfsters! Some nasty wind coming through this weekend and into next week going to make things interesting. I noticed this week a lot of the crab traps that previously dotted the beaches have been pulled. The commercial fishing guys were having a bad time with octopi eating all of their stone crabs in their traps. The fishing has definitely been hit or miss, lots of fish biting but some spots are much better than others. We found some nice snook piled up in a canal but not as many on the flats as previous weeks. Still lots of redfish and sheepshead reports from everywhere!  Big sheepshead being caught around docks and oyster beds on the higher tides. I will be fishing the Old Salts Fishing Club, Johnny Keller tournament next weekend out of Gators. If you see us, stop by and say hi and good luck to those fishing. If you have any questions feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or give me a follow on Instagram @snookjam. Tight lines! – Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Kenny Warger Jr. for catching his biggest bonefish to date near Biscayne Bay this week along with his dad, Ken Warger, and Jeff Sweeney! Awesome fish fellas, and Happy 51st Birthday to Ken this week!!! You too could be featured on the site! Submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 1/13 - 1/19
Hello fishermen and fisherwomen! Happy Friday the 13th to you all. Hope you're enjoying this awesome weather! Great fishing has been the story all winter long, fish staying in their normal spots both inshore and offshore. The snook action has absolutely been on fire this week on both coasts. Some fish at the passes but most are being found around the mangrove islands and bridges. As I reported last week there's lots of tripletail being caught in the Tampa Bay Area waters. Make sure you look on those buoys and pilings as you roll by. Sometimes they are there even if you don't see them on the surface. Everything else is on fire too if you can avoid the pinfish and jacks, which are everywhere right now. Offshore is the same pretty much, lots of snapper, grouper, and mackerel. I did see a few nice blackfin tuna reports in this week. Thanks for all of the photo submissions and keep them coming! As always feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or follow me on Instagram @snookjam. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to William Burrows for bagging this good looking tripletail this week on the beach!! You too could be selected for the Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week! Just submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 1/6 - 1/12
Hey Gulfster's! Hope you survived the holiday season and are settling into the new year! Above average air and water temperatures are keeping the fishing hot throughout the "winter" months. Great snook and trout reports are continuing to pour in from Tampa Bay and Boca Ciega Bays. Fish are continuing to hit live baits such as green backs and shrimp. The bait has been pretty easy to find on the flats and around the Bay Area bridges. Lots of small grouper and snapper around as well making it easier than ever to get out and catch fish right now. Some mackerel and kingfish remain in the area and probably will all winter if the temperatures continue to follow this trend. Also offshore, lots of tripletail, cobia, hogfish, and grouper to report. Get out there when you can! Chilly weekend ahead but then back to above normal temperatures after that! As always feel free to contact me via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or contact me on Instagram @snookjam. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Jon Kistemaker for bagging this nice gag grouper off of Tarpon Springs this week. You too could be featured on the site! Just submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 12/30 - 1/5
Happy New Years Gulfster fishers!  A beautiful week of weather this past week, a couple cooler days ahead but then we can expect another warm stretch after that again. Snook is still the name of the game. They're definitely in their usual winter haunt canals but there's plenty of them on the flats warming up in the shallows. We saw lots this week in shallow pot holes and sandbars. Use live baits in the canals and artificials sight casted on the flats. Also tried for tripletail, lots of great reports this week but we didn't find any, lots and lots of crab trap buoys out there, more than I've seen lately. If you do see one get up current and float a live shrimp back to them as natural looking as possible on the presentation. Offshore there's been tons of snapper and hogfish. Lots of meat to be had if you get on the right structure. Good luck and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

Matt Browning

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Matt Browning for catching his fist ever Cobia about 25-miles out of Clearwater on a wreck! Don't forget to submit your fish photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com and you too could be selected for the Fish Photo of the Week.

FISHING REPORT: 12/23 - 12/29
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Gulfster fishers! Warmer than usual weather keeping the fishing pretty solid for our area. The snook remain fired up with the higher than normal water temperatures, still feeding on white bait and threadfins. Try the flats and sandbars along the Skyway, Gandy, and Howard Franklin bridges this time of year. I saw an increased number of big trout reports on the flats from our area, especially from Dunedin to Crystal River. Use live shrimp under a cork or a slower moving artificial bait as the water eventually cools. Keep the reports and questions coming and don't forget to send your fish photos! Feel free to contact me on email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam.

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Check out this mess of Sheepshead caught last week by Paul Thompson on fiddler crabs around Weedon Island! Great job Paul. You too could be featured on the site, send your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT: 12/16 - 12/23
Hey Gulfsters! Should be some great fishing weather this weekend and into the beginning of next week with some high temperatures up around 80. Great reports of big trout and grouper this past week. The fish are being caught on artificials all around Tampa Bay and around the Skyway Bridge. I saw some good reports of redfish around Weedon Island. Also in Tampa Bay keep an eye out for tripletail on all of the structures and buoys. Offshore there's plenty going on with the grouper closure fast approaching. The weekends are pretty packed on the gulf public wrecks. Try to get out on the week days or try scouting some of the pipeline spots. As always feel free to contact me with any questions on email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

William Cunningham

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to William Cunningham for catching this 36" cobia on artificial, in 2-feet of water up in Tampa Bay and being selected for this week's Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week. You too could be selected, just send a picture of your catch to gulfsterreport@gmail.com. 

FISHING REPORT: 12/9 - 12/15
Hey Gulfster fishers, hope you had a great week! A big weather change this week as temperatures plummet towards the 40's and 50's. Don't let a little cool weather spoil the fun because the fishing has remained pretty hot. Lots of snook and redfish reports around our area. But the big topic of he week has been the big and abundant gag grouper in the bays and nearshore waters. Just about anywhere you can find some solid bottom structure you will find a couple big gags. It's a little more tricky with the new 24" size limit, but if you weeks through some smaller fish the big girls are there. They will eat about anything you have to offer. I like jumbo live shrimp and live grunts/pinfish. Gear up though, I recommend at least a 60lb leader. I go as big as 80lb in a couple of my more "dangerous" spots. You want a small enough hook that the bait can swim freely but still big enough for a big gag mouth. If you're on the Atlantic side make sure you note that snook season harvest ends on December 15th!! Offshore has been the same as past weeks. Lots of hogfish, kingfish, and snapper. Good reports of white (key west) grunts are coming in as well. They are a very tasty fish so if you don't ever eat them or don't want to just call me and I'll dispose of them for you! As always feel free to contact me with any questions or comments via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

Austin Barnett

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Austin Barnett for catching this huge redfish off of Pensacola last week. Nice fish Austin! As always thanks for all the submissions and keep them coming. You too can be featured on the site, submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 12/2 - 12/8
Hey Gulfsters, hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!! Hot fishing remains as the weather continues to change.  Lots of snook being caught still, really fired up, and fattening up for the winter. Redfish are being caught all over the place, including on the beach where they're returning to their wintertime haunts. The trout bite has been good in Tampa Bay. Try the MirrOlure and Paul Brown lures for the best artificial action you can get!  Tons and tons of cobia in our area right now following around rays and manatees looking for an easy meal. You can sight fish for them and they will eat almost anything you throw at them with the proper presentation. I like bucktail lures and anything that looks like an eel best. Sheepshead reports are coming in left and right with a few pompano and permit being caught. Look for the pomps and permit to move into the canals during the coldest winter months!  Offshore is great right now.  Grouper have moved in closer, I got some good reports within 5 miles of the beach. Get out and get them now because Gag season is over December 31st. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam.
–Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Kayla Kraft for her biggest snook caught to date, caught last week in Lemon Bay! Awesome fish Kayla! You too could be featured on the site. Just submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com!

FISHING REPORT: 11/25 - 12/1
Hey Gulfsters, hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! Great fishing reports keep coming in from the Tampa Bay Area. Redfish and speckled trout are on fire right now. The best reports I've seen have come on live baits. As the water starts to cool try transitioning to live shrimp or cut ladyfish for good results on the redfish. The pompano are biting well at Bay Area bridges if you use jigs or can weed through the sheepshead with crabs/shrimp. Inshore and offshore I'm seeing lots of cobia still being caught. Look for them along the beach or on the flats inshore, but offshore have a jig ready to cast if you see them while bottom fishing. Other than that offshore is on fire. Hogfish, snapper, grouper, amberjack, and kingfish are being caught everywhere. Get out there and send us some reports. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or send me a message on Instagram @snookjam. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

Byron Jaffe

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Collin Moore for catching this big kingfish off of Indian Rocks Beach this week!!! Great fish Collin! Also, thanks to everyone for all of the submissions, you still could be featured at a later date! Submit your fish photos for next week's fish of the week to gulfsterreport@gmail.com!

FISHING REPORT: 11/18 - 11/24
Hello Gulfster fishers! Hope you're getting chances to get out and catch some fish. Definitely some cooler weather on tap for us this upcoming week, starting with a cool weekend with temperatures down in the 40's. The inshore reports have stayed pretty steady. Lots of trout, redfish, and cobia reports for sure. Fish are being caught on live baits as well as soft plastic lures and feathered bucktail jigs. Tampa Bay and areas south like Anna Maria Island have provided the most action from what I've seen. I only got out once this week and things were a little slow at John's Pass. What I did see was an extraordinary amount of sheepshead lining the piling of the bridge and a couple flounder being caught. The sheepshead bite should be strong all winter, try small live shrimp or fiddler crabs for the best results. Offshore there has been great reports of kingfish and some gag grouper moving closer to shore. I saw one gag that must have been 12 pounds caught inside Tampa Bay. The hogfish bite has been really good for a while too. I did see in an email from FWC that changes are coming soon for hogfish limits for size and bag limit. For more information check out this link here:  http://m.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/hogfish/. As always hit me up with any questions on email wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam.  

 

 

Byron Jaffe

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Byron Jaffe for being selected for the Gulfster Fishing Photo of the Week with his redfish and flounder he caught this week!  You too could be featured, just submit you photos to  gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 11/11 - 11/18
Happy Veterans Day week to all of the Veterans and thank you for your service! Windy conditions remain for boaters the past several weeks, if you put in the effort though you will likely be rewarded. Lots of trout and redfish reports this week from all over the area. Great bites on the flats of Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, and the Honeymoon Island areas. Still some snook being found on the beaches which is a little bit out of the norm for our area. Most snook leave the beach for the upper bays or canals this time of year in search of warm water. Still tons of school of jacks marauding bait in the bays along the seawalls. Look for them corralling bait and crashing on the surface. Offshore lots of bait has made the fishing a little more difficult than usual. That combined with clear water offshore are making things tough but still good reports of grouper, kingfish, and Spanish mackerel. Get out there after them and if you have any questions hit me up on email: wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

Lex Leclezio

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to our reader Lex Leclezio for hammering this awesome redfish near the Manatee River this week and being selected for our fish photo of the week!!!  You can also be featured, just submit your fish photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 11/4 - 11/10
Hello Gulfsters and welcome to the November winds this weekend!  Some pockets of nice weather here and there producing lots of different species including redfish, snook, mackerel, and cobia. The flats have been productive for all of the above including some big cobia following around stingrays. The grouper are also moving in finally with some good reports of legal sized fish being caught in the bays, try working areas around the Skyway fishing piers for good results. Offshore the name of the game is kingfish right now with the King of the Beach tournament this weekend. If you haven't been to one of these weigh-ins before stop by on Saturday and check it out, always a good time even if you are not fishing in it!  Email me with any questions at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. Tight lines!! –Wes Tallyn

 

 

Dustin Hamvai

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Dustin Hamvai for being selected for the fish photo of the week with this big red tide, redfish he caught in Sarasota Bay last week! You too could be featured on the site, submit your fish photos to: gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 10/28 - 11/3
Hey Gulfsters! Lots of wind right in time for a typical, windy, and rough kingfish season!  The 15+ knot winds have made fishing very difficult inshore as well. If you get out early the wind isn't too bad. Lots of jack crevalle in the bays still, cornering bait schools in the shallows. This week saw some mackerel in the bay as well. More mackerel will continue to move here from the north this week as the water temps start to drop some. We also caught some small grouper in the bay. Lots of bigger fish should start moving closer to shore and inshore in the next few weeks. As always email me any questions at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam.

 

 

cory fong

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Cory Fong for this awesome cobia he caught last week and being chosen for the Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week! You too could have your fish posted, just submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 10/21 - 10/27
Hello Gulfsters! Definitely a strong change in the weather this week, we will see some lows in the 50's. This is an awesome time of year to get out, lots of fish on the move. Looking for the snook to start moving more up in the bays and canals and off of the beach soon. Lots of big fish are still being caught in the passes. Creeks are holding lots of redfish and a few juvenile tarpon, I managed 2 small tarpon to 30" on last Thursday. Try a fly rod for best results and a lot of fun. Lots of schools of crevalle jacks around the docks right now schooled up and crashing on baitfish they've corralled. Any fast moving bait will get you an immediate hookup! Kingfish season is kicking off with lots of tournaments the next few weeks. Will be fishing the King of the Beach tournament so if you see me in the Snook Jam shirt say hi. As always hit me up on email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam with any questions! –Wes Tallyn

 

 

Scott Moskowitz

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Scott Moskowitz for this wahoo he caught recently off of Boca Raton! Great fish Scott! You too could be our fish photo of the week, just submit a photo of your catch to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 10/14 - 10/20
Hello Gulfster fishers!! We had a rough week in Tampa Bay with dead fish everywhere, but I'm not so sure there's a ton of red tide in our area. I think most of the fish are being wind blown here from more affected areas. Lots of good redfish reports still. The flounder at the Bay Area passes have been fired up if you can weed through the smaller fish the 12"-18" flounder are there. Try a live shrimp, small threadfin, or pull a soft bait along the bottom for best results. Lots of small grouper showing up in the inland waters around structure, look for the size to increase as we move into the colder months. I expect the kingfish action to pick up offshore this week with a noticeable drop in evening low temperatures. Try a spoon or slow trolled live bait for best results. As always feel free to contact me with any questions via email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

Taj Kurvin

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to 11 year old Taj Kurvin with his very first tarpon during the first trip on his new boat for being selected for this week's Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week! You too could be chosen, just email your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 10/7 - 10/13
Hello Gulfsters, hope everyone is doing ok and safe with the continued impact of Hurricane Matthew! Fishing has been staying consistent with the fish biting on the barometric pressure change firing up the fish. Redfish has continued to be the most consistent inshore fish but lots of other reports including Spanish Mackerel, legal sized gag grouper, big mangrove snapper to 18" and of course the summer snook continue at the passes. Offshore some monster Spanish Mackerel and kingfish with a mixed bag of bottom species. Didn't hear any more sailfish reports, but in a couple weeks when the kingfish tournaments fire up I expect multiple hookups. Get out there when the wind dies down but stay safe! If you have any questions email me at wtallyn04@gmail.com or contact me on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

 

 

rank Calderone and Jace Andrews

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Frank Calderone and Jace Andrews for catching this awesome sailfish off of Boca Grande this week!! Awesome fish guys! You too could be selected for the Photo of the Week, hang in there if you've submitted photos as you could still get chosen too! Submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 9/30/16-10/7/16
Thanks Gulfsters for all of the submitted photos and positive feedback. October is upon us and the action has remained steady the past two month. Great redfish and trout reports all throughout Boca Ciega and Tampa Bays. The snook reports have slowed down some but still plenty of fish on the beach if you can avoid the red tide areas. The red tide has affected Sarasota and the Anna Maria area but there are areas where you can move a short distance to avoid it. Hopefully some cool weather is not too far away so the water can cool some to slow down the blooms! Offshore I'm hearing good reports of good sized Spanish Mackerel on the bait schools. As we move into October I expect the grouper bite to get better as they move in from their summer breeding grounds. Multiple reports of the few and far between Gulf Coast sailfish came in this week including this week's photo of the week! Thanks to those of you who came out for the kickoff party on Tuesday, we had a great time and hope to do it again soon! As always feel free to contact me with any questions at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam.–Wes Tallyn

 

 

Maya Avery

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Maya Avery for her 23" trout caught in the Sunny Shores area and being selected for the Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week! Photo Alvi Seda. You could be selected for the photo of the week, email yours to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT: 9/23/2016-9/29/2016
Hello Gulfsters!  It's been a good past couple of weeks on the water with the bite turning on and off like flipping the switch every once in a while. The redfish bite has been super strong. We caught 8 of them in less than one hour on the same dock light one morning just before sunrise. They were eating anything you could throw in the light and were beating the trout to our baits. All fish have been within the slot range from what I've seen. The snook bite on the east coast has been on fire with the ongoing mullet run. It's well worth the trip over. Look for the schools of mullet and put your bait in the mix. Great reports of mackerel at the Skyway Bridge and the entrance to Tampa Bay near Egmont Key. Look for the birds and fish crashing on baits. Spoons or live green backs with a long shank gold hook are the choice baits but they eat most everything when they're in a frenzy.  Offshore reports are slow but I have seen good snapper reports from people fishing overnight. Both mangrove snappers and yellowtail snappers are showing up in 100-feet of water. DON'T FORGET the Fishing Page Kickoff Party/Social at Mastry's Brewing on St. Pete Beach Tuesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm. We will have some prizes to raffle off and $1 off beers! Contact me with any questions at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. Tight lines! –Wes Tallyn

 

 

Jeremy Nance

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Jeremy Nance and his kids Lyla and Carter for catching this beast of a 32" snook on a pilchard near Anna Maria Island!! Don't forget to send in your photos to GulfsterReport@Gmail.com and you too could be selected as next Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week!

FISHING REPORT: 9/16/16-9/22/16
Hello Gulfsters. Fantastic fishing this last week and I think it will continue to stay hot! We fished the Old Salts Ladies Tournament and caught 6 of 9 species. The redfish and snook were all over the lights at night. Try a live shrimp or a small threadfin with a light leader (30lb or smaller) for best results. In addition to that there were some good numbers of trout on the lights near Blind Pass. A few lights were holding literally hundreds of trout. A fly rod would have been fun to play around with and target the larger fish of the group. I've seen great reports of big grouper and kingfish offshore. The calm seas this weekend and upcoming week will be active and probably some of the best weather we've seen lately. We have a date for the Gulfster Fishing Page Kickoff Party, it will be at Mastry's Brewing Company on St. Petersburg Beach on Tuesday September 27. We will make the official announcement soon but go ahead and pencil in that date! Don't forget to send us your fish pics for photo of the week too. Contact me with any questions via email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. Good luck and get out there! – Wes Tallyn

 

 

Dan Cronin

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Dan Cronin for catching this monster cobia with Captain Logan Beals and being selected for this week's Gulfster Fish Photo of the Week! You too can be selected for the fish photo of the week, just submit your photo to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT:
9/9/2016-9/15/2016
Hello Gulfsters and thanks for all of the good feedback! This week things are calming down after the deluge we called Hermine. The fishing has remained decent even with the introduction of tons of freshwater runoff. Moving around some you can find some clearer water for sight fishing. Try places close to the coast where the tide is flushing well. Right now, slot size snook and redfish are being found at the Bay Area passes and around Gandy Bridge. The trout bite has been great with most fish in the lower slot range. A little persistence can pay off with an overslot fish if you search them out. The mangrove snapper bite has been great at the passes. Live shrimp or small live greenbacks will get them fired up. Lots of mackerel at Blind Pass in St. Petersburg right now. The best bait is a fast moving artificial either trolled or cast out from shore. Feel free to contact me at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam with any questions! Tight lines. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

Kendall Hinkle

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Kendall Hinkle for being selected as this week's fish photo of the week with his redfish caught in Manatee County last week. Photo by Darren George. Congrats Kendall and you too could be chosen for next weeks photo of the week, just submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT:
9/2/2016-9/8/2016
Hello Gulfster fishers! Hope you stayed dry this week. Some decent fish reports from this past week but the weather sure put most of us on land. Before the rain I scouted some sheepshead and flounder for a tournament we are doing next week. I found some smaller fish just barely legal in the Treasure Island area and on the St. Pete beach side of Blind Pass. The redfish have started biting more heavily in Tampa Bay. I looked in my journal and during this week in 2014 my wife and I found some overslot redfish on the grassbeds near Weedon Island. Good numbers of mackerel and pompano along the bridges and passes. The snook season is now officially open and the bite is hot with some big tides to open the season, get out there and chase them around but remember you need a separate snook permit in addition to your fishing license. The cost of the snook permit is $10.00 and can be purchased at: www.gooutdoorsflorida.com. The slot limit is 28" to 32" and only a limit of one per person. Haven't seen many reports from offshore with the weather and rough seas out there. Hopefully the gulf water will cool down a bit with the passing of Hermine. Storms like this will sometimes push fish normally much further offshore, a little closer to shore so I would be on the lookout for some blackfin tuna or mahi mahi closer than usual. Good luck out there and as always feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. – Wes Tallyn

 

 

Lily Shamblin

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Robert Shamblin's daughter Lily for catching her very first snook!! Another fisherwoman caught by the snook bug I'm sure! Thanks for the submission Robert! You too could be selected for the fish photo of the week. You can submit them to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT:
8/26/16 - 9/1/16
Hello Gulfster Fishers! Another beautiful summer week, scorching hot weather and lots of wind this past week. This weekend is definitely going to depend on what happens with Tropical Wave 99L. If it does look like it's coming this way you can expect a strong fish bite before the storm! The redfish bite has really picked up in the past few weeks. Seeing tons of reports from Upper Tampa Bay to Fort Desoto. The fish are schooled up on the flats and happy during the morning. As the sun gets up and the pressure gets on them try sight fishing for them or using dead cut bait on the bottom. Also heard some reports of cobia and tripletail in the bay. The snook are in full summer, spawn mode, see video below I shot Thursday morning of the fish cruising around looking for a mate! Sometimes the snook won't eat much when their mind is elsewhere. The trout bite has continued. Plenty of slot sized fish on the flats near the Skyway Bridge. We caught them on MirrOlure Marsh Minnows and Lil John's. Offshore the mackerel and kingfish are close to the beach. Use live threadfins or troll spoons with a skirt. Getting the bait down in the water column to increase your odds of a hook up. Thanks, and feel free to contact me with any questions via email wtallyn04@gmail.com or via Instagram @snookjam As an early heads up, keep an eye out, we are hopefully going to be doing a Fishing social/meet and greet soon!!
–Wes Tallyn

 

 

 

fishing report

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Steven Zupko aka Surfer Steve has the snook bug now after getting on his first snook last week! He's busy chasing perfect waves in Mexico right now but he's really just dreaming of linesiders! You too could be next week's photo of the week, submit your photos to gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT:
8/19/16 - 8/25/16
Hey fishers! Some better weather this week producing more fishing opportunities. I took a trip to Captiva and found windy conditions down there. We fished Redfish Pass and Captiva Pass, only caught 4 small snook. Locally the flats around the Skyway Bridge have been productive. A few more reports of trout and redfish starting to show up. The beaches of north Pinellas are producing trout and decent sized snook. This upcoming week I'd be targeting snook near Sand Key or snapper on the local bridges. There's lots of ways to get the snapper biting. Cutting up some dead bait in small chunks helps, just don't over do the chum.
Same old song offshore. Snapper and red grouper in 80 to 100 feet of water. The gag grouper are just a bit deeper. Definitely put a flat line out for kingfish and tuna. Good luck out there and feel free to contact me on email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. Tight lines! –Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Congrats to Steven Boderek for the photo of the week this week! He caught this sweet snook in Pinellas County! You too can be our fish photo of the week winner, just submit your photo us via email at gulfsterreport@gmail.com

FISHING REPORT:
8/12/16-8/18/16
Hello Gulf Fishers, was a better week for the surf board than the fishing pole this past week with that tropical low spinning north of us for the past several days!  Didn't put the skiff in the water this week but still found some snook on the beach along with some land based fishing that resulted in sheepshead and snapper. I've seen some awesome reports though between the rain drops of trout and redfish during the day and snook at night. The rain has dirtied up the water so if you're using artificials you may want to look at some red or brown colored jigs to help with that more natural presentation. Try a MirrOlure soft bait out, the fish are jumping all over those for me right now. Offshore I hear if you can get out there the snapper, red grouper, and kingfish are on fire right now.  Try 80 to 100 feet of water for best results, it may continue to be a little rough out there so be safe and leave a float plan with someone. Feel free to contact me on email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. Tight lines! –Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Thanks to our friend Salty Dog Martin for submitting this photo of a snook he caught near Stump Pass.
Great fish Martin!! You too could be chosen for our photo of the week just send in your pictures to GulfsterReport@Gmail.com.

FISHING REPORT:
8/5/2016-8/11/2016:
Dodging afternoon storms in the evenings but there's still plenty of fish to go around if you can handle the sweltering summer temperatures.  This summer has been smoking hot for speckled seatrout. The fish are everywhere and there's no sign of the bite slowing. Live shrimp is a guaranteed hookup but also catching many on soft plastics and DOA shrimp. Snook are of course still all over the beaches and passes. I found a few on MirrOlure soft baits with 1/4 head up to about 24" on the sandbars. If you're looking for the bigger ones get closer to the jetties at the passes. I've received several reports of Tripletail but haven't seen any in my scouting. Black drum are picking up, sight fishing for them is good along Pass-a-Grille Beach and St. Pete Beach.  Try a Gulp! bait or a different type of scented bait or you can put a dead bait on the bottom and wait for the schools to stream by. Offshore I'm hearing the magic number of 100-ft for grouper and snapper with lots of kingfish and even some keeper yellowtail snapper. Sounds like the pipeline area is the best place to start!  Thanks and make sure to submit you pictures for photo of the week, they don't all have to be snook but you all seem to know where my heart is!  Feel free to contact me on email at wtallyn04@gmail.com or on Instagram @snookjam. 
Wes Tallyn

 

 

FISH 'N TIPS:
8/1/2016

In addition to the Tackle Corner here we will be discussing how-to tips in this all new Fish 'N Tips segment. Today's discussion will be on sight fishing for sheepshead! All of us see these toothy critters chewing on pilings, cruising the seawalls, or hanging out on the grass flats and try to tempt them to eat. I've observed these fish on thousands of occasions and I have a few tips to make them take the bait. One of the best tips I can give you is to present the bait in a manner that makes the sheepshead think it was responsible for causing the bait to spook away from it. For example if you are using a free lined live shrimp and the sheepshead is feeding along a piling or set of pilings, see if you can present the shrimp so that the sheepshead thinks the shrimp was sitting on the piling and jumped off of the piling when the fish approached. That's the natural response of a shrimp and it really makes the best case presentation scenario in that particular situation. Sometimes I see the sheepshead chasing the shrimp along the surface and then it disappears retreating to the depths and out of sight. That is rarely the end of the story and usually for me, when that shrimp swims back down it gets eaten. I can't emphasize enough the importance of a sharp hook that is light enough that the shrimp can swim freely without the weight of the hook hindering it. With dead shrimp or crabs I like to present them on the bottom where I see the sheepshead milling about. Again, in this situation I want a naturally occurring situation with my presentation. Instead of dragging my bait right to the sheepshead I instead put the bait in a place where they can find themselves. You can literally watch them eat the bait and then set the hook. Again I want to state this is when I'm sight fishing for them, usually along a seawall or oyster bed. Hope this helps you land more sheepies and feel free to email me with any questions or hit me up on Instagram @snookjam. –Wes Tallyn

fish of the week

FISH PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Thanks to Keith Long for submitting this photo of his girlfriend Pamela Dampier with this beast of a snook, her first, caught on the beach in northern Pinellas County! Submit your photos to GulfsterReport@gmail.com and you could be selected for next weeks Fish Photo of the Week! -Wes

FISHING REPORT:
7/29/2016
Thank you to all of you Gulfster's for checking out our new Fishing Page!!! We've had a very impressive start and I promise it is only going to get better! Spread the word, lots more to come! As for the fishing this week it's been a little hit or miss. We caught tons of snapper and some small snook around the passes. Good reports of much bigger snook at night when things cool down a bit. I'm also seeing lots of Spanish mackerel both on the beach and in Tampa Bay. The flats inside the Skyway Bridge were holding a good assortment of fish in about 3-feet of water. I wasn't having much success in water shallower than that, I think the water is just too warm. Bait is not hard to find. I found bait from Treasure Island to Fort Desoto all week and all hours of the day, mainly scaled sardines and menhaden. The trout fishing has been awesome for me, I'm catching them at every spot I stop. Most of the fish are slot size fish with the biggest at 22". I'm seeing lots of black drum on the beach, most I saw were small but definitely some good eating size out there. Try a dead bait on the bottom or sight fish them with a scented artificial bait. Good luck out there and feel free to contact us via email or connect to me on Instagram @snookjam.

 

 

 

Fish Report

FISHING REPORT:
7/22/2016
Another warm week, but a slight dip in water temperatures should help the fish turn on a little more. Get out early or late because mid-day has shut down most of the fish bites. Snook are all over the beaches but the bite has slowed significantly from where we were a month or so ago. A good pair of sunglasses can help you spot a bunch. People are having the best luck on fly or bucktail jigs. The tarpon bite has been steady from reports on the beach and Skyway bridge but the fish are increasingly more spread out. Crabs and threadfin herrings are the main choice of bait. The lighter the fluorocarbon leader the better to get the bites. Offshore has been hit or miss.  Lots of reports of mangrove snapper and red grouper.   The deeper the better to get to cooler water and less boat traffic. We will be updating the fishing page with weekly reports so stay tuned and tight lines! –Wes Tallyn 

TACKLE CORNER:
The two biggest advancements I have made in hooking and landing more fish were learning to tie line to line knots and buying a portable livewell.  With the how-to videos all over the internet now-a-days there's no excuse for using those rusty swivels anymore when attaching your leader to your main line. And with ease of one knot you can change your entire presentation to a fish. First of all the bait is not hindered by the weight of the swivel and can swim more naturally through the water. Second the fish attracted to the bait are less likely to see the knot versus the swivel, especially in situations where the water is clear. Third you will have less broken rod tips, the knot should just glide through the rod guides if you trim the tag ends correctly. NOTE: Choose your knots carefully. Knots with one connection point should not be used for braided line as the braid is much sharper than monofilament or fluorocarbon leader material and will cut right through the leader line. I use a double uni knot for most line to line knots for that matter, it provides more than one connection point and displaces the pressure on the knot in more than one location. For those land fishermen out there, if you are lugging around bait buckets from bait shop to fishing spots consider an insulated bucket with a aerator or "bubbler."  An insulated bucket will allow you access to places with fresh live bait such as beaches or seawalls that normally are reserved for boats with livewells or fishing with artificials. Foam insulation will keep the water in the bucket at manageable temperatures that will allow the shrimp or baitfish to survive for extended periods when exposed to hot or cold temperatures outside. 

 

Since 2002 Gulfster.com has brought you the premier surfing website on the Gulf Coast of Florida!  We are happy to launch our all new Fishing Section that will provide our visitors with the latest fishing reports and updates for the west coast!  There will be weekly reports posted here to update you on what's biting, where the fish are, and the how to knowledge for a successful trip on the water.  We will include everything from tackle reviews to what fish are in-season to help you reel in the big one! Wes Tallyn is a St. Petersburg native with over 30 years of experience fishing the waters along the west coast of Florida from Pensacola to Key West. He is currently building a charter fishing and ecotourism business that will cover the entire Tampa Bay region. You can also follow him on Instagram: @snookjam or email wtallyn04@gmail.com



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