Light Tackle

Spotted SeaTrout
David-Parker-with-oversized-female-redfish.-1Even though most of my charters are fishing using fly tackle, the rest of the time we are using spin and conventional tackle. Whether using artificial lures or live bait, most of the time we will be sight fishing, one of the most exciting ways to fish. Out of the almost 400 square miles of estuary, most is shallow water and many times clear grass and sand flats.

As a native Floridian and young angler, starting at the age of four, I grew up fishing Tampa Bay, especially the upper reaches around Davis Islands and the Hillsborough River throwing plugs and jigs on light tackle for snook, redfish, trout and tarpon. As my parents fishing travels expanded to other waters, I found myself learning from the many anglers I met and fished around, especially those on the piers of Fort De Soto, Anna Maria, Redington Beach, etc.

Brad-Shuck-largest-Redfish.-1Although we have our favorites, such as tarpon, snook, redfish, spotted sea trout, we have many other species that we frequently catch such as spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, pompano, sharks, black drum, crevalle jack, bonito, bluefish and many more. To see what seasons the species are available please see “What fish are available when I visit?”

David Parker with large redfish.John-Holt-Lg-Crevalle-Jack