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What species to fish for near Tampa for the most fun in a flats boat?

Old 05-03-2021, 06:36 PM
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Default What species to fish for near Tampa for the most fun in a flats boat?

In Mid-June I booked a fishing charter for me and my dad near Tampa, Florida. We rented a house in Hudson for a week.

The captain said we can fish for whatever we want. He has a 20' flats boat.

I want to have fun first and foremost, and I also want to take home some fish for some fish frys.

What would you recommend I tell him we want to target?
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
In Mid-June I booked a fishing charter for me and my dad near Tampa, Florida. We rented a house in Hudson for a week.

The captain said we can fish for whatever we want. He has a 20' flats boat.

I want to have fun first and foremost, and I also want to take home some fish for some fish frys.

What would you recommend I tell him we want to target?
Fish for what is biting the best. Ask your Guide! Harvest is closed to most popular specie as of now around here unless your fishing north of Hudson.

Snook trout and reds will be the primary target. Tarpon will also be around but a long shot to hook one.

Where does your guide launch from?
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
Fish for what is biting the best. Ask your Guide! Harvest is closed to most popular specie as of now around here unless your fishing north of Hudson.

Snook trout and reds will be the primary target. Tarpon will also be around but a long shot to hook one.

Where does your guide launch from?
We are staying on a salt water canal in Hudson and he said he could just pick us up from our dock. Which is North Hudson area.
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Redfish, snook, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, sea trout, triple tail can all be caught in an around the canals, and back bays.......tarpon and sharks too........best bet is to ask your guide if you want to target a specific species and he can work certain areas or just tell him you want action and he will steer you in the right direction.
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
We are staying on a salt water canal in Hudson and he said he could just pick us up from our dock. Which is North Hudson area.
Gotcha. Snook will be closed so you can target reds and trout if you want to keep some for dinner.

You may also want to inquire about some shallow water gag grouper as it opens June 1. Don't know if the boat is capable or not.
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I live in Hudson. If you’d like guide referrals PM me. All answers are spot on. If you go into Crystal River inshore Grouper bite is insane.

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