75 Degrees & Sunny In December!

Exciting news! We’ve recently added the 21ft Champion Bay Boat to our list of available charter boats. With a 200HP Mercury Outboard, cruising at speeds up to 50Mph, Pricing on this boat will start at $350 for a 1/2 day 2 person charter. Add up to two more friends or family members for only $50 each. You can also add up to two more hours onto your fishing charter for only $50 per extra hour.  We have two more boats available that can fish up to 6 guests each if you have a larger group.  Scroll down for more information, or call Capt Jesse @ 727.253.9913

 

For a Larger charter boat with bench seating we have the 22ft Pontoon available that starts at $300 – OR , for Offshore/Deep sea fishing we have the 24ft Rampage starting at $375.  Call me today and we’ll find out which boat and charter would be best for you!  Capt. Jesse Nofi 727.253.9913

 

What’s biting?!!? Inshore daytime fishing is consistent on mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and inshore grouper with the occasional redfish.  Most of the daytime fishing is best around heavy structure with live and dead bait. 

We’ve been doing some night fishing in Tampa, FL for snook, black drum, mangrove snapper, and other species.  Giant ladyfish are abundant and are an absolute blast on light tackle.  There are so many that someone with zero experience in fishing could cast a jig and catch one every minute. If you’re not afraid to put on a warm jacket, and perhaps some ear warmers, night fishing has been on fire.

Here’s a few photos of black drum we caught these past few days while scouting wintertime honeyholes. As fishing guides, when we go fishing outside of charters, we generally do it as frugal as possible… on little aluminum boats. 

These fish weigh around 10lbs and put up a great fight on light tackle rods. The big black drum (30lbs+) will be in by next month. We’ve been getting some hard fighting snook at night as well, and mangrove snapper have been ferocious and abundant around the full moon. Here’s Kenny from Gulfport, FL with a nice black drum he caught on light tackle that night.

Beginning January 7th, the bulk of my availability will be limited to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Keep this in mind if you’ve been planning to hire me in the near future.  Capt. Jesse Nofi | 727.253.9913  www.360FishingCharters.com

 

 

 

Tampa Fishing Charters – Thanksgiving

Fall’s versatile changes in weather is providing cool breezes and hot fishing throughout Tampa bay. We’ve been catching a bunch of Flounder on recent charters.  Flounders tend to frequent the areas where you find Snook in the summertime. Sandy bottom inlets around rock jetties, bridges, and other structure hold a decent number of these funny looking fish. The biggest flounder are structure oriented; however, you can catch a ton of flounder out in the open bay away from bridges and pilings. As long as there is fast current and a strong food source, there’s flounder around. Flounders eat shrimp, greenbacks, creek chubs, and just about anything that swims and is big enough to fit in their mouth. Here’s Avery from Texas with her first Flounder!

Mangrove Snapper fishing is hot. The faster the current, and bigger the bait schools, the more snapper bites. Just like black drum and Sheepshead they feed right up along the bridge pilings, and underwater structures. Fishing at night around the full moon has provided a red hot bite. If you find them in the daytime in a specific area, go back and fish it at night around the full moon and they bite Ferociously.

Sheepshead will begin spawning these next months and there will be schools of these fish by the thousands around bay area bridges, marinas, and grass flats. The easiest way to catch a lot of Sheepshead is to scrape the pilings on bridges during the daytime, and fish with fiddler crabs.

Speckled Trout are still feeding on grass flats in the bay. It’s easiest to catch them while drifting on a higher tide in 4FT+ over grass. On low tides, they will be stuffed in the potholes, in certain channels, and around creek mouths. On our past few charters we have had super low tides so we’ve been fishing deep holes and finding a handful of Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Bonnethead sharks.

Sharks are still feeding throughout the entire Tampa bay area. Chumming and soaking dead baits on the bottom is how we catch them consistently.  Right now there are plenty of Bonnethead sharks throughout Tampa bay, and they eat just about anything that’s dead and on the bottom.  Typically, deep water areas near large grass flats will have Bonnethead sharks.  We are catching anywhere from 2-5 Bonnetheads on our charters lately while targeting other species.  Stingrays are a by catch when both shark and flounder fishing, and you may get the occasional sail cat or big catfish.

 

Black Tip sharks are being caught off of the beach if you are anywhere near mackerel schools, the black tips are nearby.  If you’re on a drift and catching mackerel on jigs, cut chunks of a mackerel and weight them to the bottom.  Greenbacks work well too, just make sure you cut them in half or at least cut off the tails to give them scent, and keep them from spinning in the current. This isn’t the traditional way of shark fishing, but you can certainly pick up a few sharks by doing this if you keep the bait on the bottom, with the rods in the rod holder; furthermore, Anchoring and chumming an area with lots of Mackerel and baitfish is extremely effective. Typically wherever there are big schools of bait, there are big schools of sharks.  If you want to learn more about sharks, flounder, snook, or any other species you’ll have to either wait for my next report, seminar, or call and book a trip for the real-life experience.

Capt Jesse Nofi – 727.253.9913

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Tampa Fishing Charters Update

Fly fishing for snook has been on fire.  I’m convinced that if the fly is the right size, and you wiggle it correctly, they will always take it.  Yesterday I caught twenty or more on the fly – my guest caught 12 or more. These fish along with many other species are seeking warm water refuges. Deep holes, powerplants, and any place with warmer water are a the best spots to find snook. If you want to learn how to catch snook, on live bait, artificial, or fly now is a great time to do it… especially from a kayak.

The flats are holding good numbers of speckled trout and redfish.  If you have a group of 3 or more that’s an ideal fishing excursion; otherwise, for small groups I advise you to come fish way in the backcountry in the sit on top kayaks… It’s a super up close and personal experience with nature that will surely get you hooked. -Capt Nofi 727.253.9913