Two premier recreational fisheries will soon have new protections in place, a measure aimed at ensuring that tarpon and bonefish’s economic and fishing value remain for generations to come. Tarpon and bonefish become catch-and-release only fisheries beginning Sept. 1.
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A happy discovery in Tampa Bay area waters: Atomic Sunfish!
When long time friend, Jeff Harrell, proprietor of Safety Harbor’s Bar Fly fly fishing-themed bar and its adjacent seafood grill, told me about catching Mayan Cichlids nearby, I was surprised. Cichlids are known to be found all over south Florida but I never expected them as far north as the Tampa Bay area where waters do get very chill during our colder winters. Yet, here they are and thankfully they are active and aggressive even during the hottest days when even bass are laid up on the bottom.
Tying Capt Rick Grassett’s Flats Minnow
By Robert Craig; Photos by Tommy Thompson
By Capt. Jason Sullivan
The tarpon have been very active in the morning and we have put a lot of fish in the air this week. Local angler, Dr. Gelber joined me one morning and landed this nice 50lb tarpon and added 6 redfish to the day, all on fly.
The redfishing out front of Flamingo has been as good as I have ever seen. We have encountered on many different occasions this week, redfish tailing as far as you can see. Dennis Wilson got in on the action and sightfished 15 solid redfish. Great angling for sure!Capt. Jason Sullivan (954)864-0592 www.TarponFishing-Miami.com