Nestled adjacent to the bustling metropolis of the Tampa Bay area lies a serene oasis that teems with fish. Quiet coves and mangrove inlets await. Nature is alive here and the clean and tannic waters invite the adventure. A miniature Everglades in appearance the many twists and turns give the fly angler respite from the winter winds. Little Manatee is a haven for many of Tampa Bay's subtropical species during the cooler times of the year. A remote spot that is only miles away...
A mangrove lined and oyster encrusted area covered in lush Turtle Grass provides excellent habitat for Tampa Bay species which is located just outside Anna Maria's back door. Varied habitats and water depth provide sustenance and shelter to the myriad of gamefish which inhabit the bay. These areas are a short ride from Anna Maria and Holms Beach area and as a bonus a wonderful shore lunch can be enjoyed just minutes from the fishing grounds.
Fishing out of the Belleair Bluffs Boat Ramp gives me access to the shallows of Caladesi Island. A favorite spot for tailing Redfish and the deep grass flats of St. Josephs Sound. A few shallow mud bottom canals hold laid up Snook during winter warm ups.
I generally fish out of Fort Desoto which is centrally located in lower Tampa Bay and gives me access to great fishing. Depending on conditions I trailer to other local areas from Sarasota to Ruskin up to St. Josephs Sound Dunedin.
During Tarpon season I target the Silver King along the beaches of Ft. Desoto and Anna Maria which are some of the best Tarpon fishing areas along the Suncoast. Meetings can be arranged in the area of Anna Maria or Ft. Desoto park boat ramp for the day's fishing. These areas offer convenient access from the area hotels along the beaches.
This area is a mix of beaches and back bay fishing that delivers on the fishy promise made to anglers.
The South Shore of Tampa Bay is less developed and shows the bay's wild side. This South Shore includes places such as Miguel bay and the wild areas between Port Manatee and the Little Manatee River. A shoreline with a Mangrove wall stretches for miles and fish line up along this highway to enter the back country of Cockroach Bay.