Summer is the time of year you bring your family on vacation. Many travel to Florida every year to get out in the Florida sun and experience all that Florida has to offer. West Florida to Central Florida are great places to do that, especially with all the theme parks and attractions. Summer Tampa Bass Fishing is the ultimate hidden gem that truly can revolutionize your family vacation.
Tampa is closely located to endless outdoor activities. It has multiple productive lakes that produce all year round. Early summer mornings happen to be the BEST time to experience what bass fishing is all about. Whether you want to catch big bass, numbers or just spend some unique quality time with your family in the outdoors, Tampa has it for you.
When it comes to Florida Bass Fishing in Tampa, one particular lake dominates. Lake Tarpon is just north of Tampa. It produces exceptional bass fishing all year long but especially in the summer. Captain Brent Kirkendall is a local expert on this lake and can put some big bass in the boat. If you looking to travel further inland, you have several other great summer bass fishing options. The Butler Chain of Lakes is located in Windermere, Florida. Just a short drive north of the parks, you can be cruising through celebrities’ homes along with catching big bass. If you wanted to travel just south of the parks, you can land yourself in Kissimmee Florida. Kissimmee is home to Lake Toho or Lake Tohopekaliga. Lake Toho has a legendary reputation for landing its visitors and fisherman the bass of their dreams.
Each fishing location brings plenty of opportunities to set the hook, create a memory and soak in the Florida sun away from the lines and crowds. Summer Tampa Bass Fishing is the ultimate outdoor activity that will be the highlight of your vacation. Bring your family along and light up the face of your youngest or loved one on a fishing adventure of a lifetime with our local and professional experts.
When traveling to Florida you must experience the endless opportunities to get in the outdoors. You can spend a Three Day Florida Fishing Mania with family or friends. Tampa Florida offers some of the best fishing you can set your hook into. I never could have imagined the number of memories that could be created with Captain Wayne.
Captain Wayne had the pleasure of fishing with Laura and her dad Jim. They were traveling from Chicago on vacation with no expectation to what was to come. Laura was surprising her dad on a Florida Fishing adventure of a lifetime over the course of three days.
The first day out was spent Lake Tarpon Bass Fishing. Lake Tarpon is looking beautiful this time of year. Fall is the perfect time to soak in the scenery and explore new parts of the lake. You could be highly surprised at what you can experience on a lake this size.
Laura and Jim enjoyed the partly cloudy weather conditions with temperatures in the mid-90s. While waiting on the bite, they sat back and relaxed with a nice breeze in the air. Great weather promotes a great bite this time of year as they put over 20 largemouth bass in the boat. They caught some quality ones too with the biggest weighing 5 pounds 4 ounces.
They both shared the passion for fishing but never got a chance to key in on artificial baits. Wild-caught shiners were the most effective technique to catch largemouth bass on Lake Tarpon. It is also very exciting since you never know when you are going to land that fish you have been dreaming of.
Captain Wayne adventured out to something different on their second day. Tampa Deep Sea Fishing for Mahi Mahi or Dolphin was something that was always fascinating to Laura and Jim. There is nothing like cruising off the shores of the beach and into an unpredictable day out in the ocean.
We had a window of great weather for most of the day with storms expected for the afternoon. The seas were at 2 to 4 foot most of the day which wasn’t a problem for catching fish.
Laura and Jim really wanted to catch this delicious fish that they haven’t gotten the chance to do before. We made it happen with a slow start catching non-keepers. Being patient is the game while you are Florida Fishing and we finally connected with the keeper we were waiting for.
It was not long after that one keeper that they got to experience something they would never forget. Two more hits and fish started a Mania that was highly unexpected. We came across a school of Mahi that rewarded us with 40 Mahi in the boat. It is always good to preserve the fishery so we only kept 14 of them and released the rest.
After an experience like that their arms were very tired and their faces were sore from the amount of laughs and smiles. They had dinner for multiple nights and they called it a day.
On their final day with Captain Wayne was something they wanted to check off their bucket list for a long time. Redfish has always been the species that they have wanted to catch. Tampa is the perfect location to catch a variety of the species, especially your first Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, and Snook.
It was looking like a great day again with beautiful weather for another amazing fishing trip. The mostly sunny conditions promoted excellent fishing. A mix of 25 Redfish and Black Drum were caught along with a few Snook. They were excited to catch the quality Redfish they did.
One of the many things people love about Redfish fishing is the fight they put up. You could never imagine the strength they have when they are on the end of your line. Laura and Jim thoroughly enjoyed catching their first Bull Redfish.
It was truly an honor and my pleasure to provide Jim a gift from Laura that they will never forget. I am looking forward to the next time they return to catch more of these incredible species here in Florida.
If you are looking for a memorable fishing adventure that will provide you stories for a lifetime, do not look further than the great state of Florida. We can provide all that you need to enjoy a great day out on the water with the ones that are important to you.
I know next time I am visiting Florida and Tampa, I will be chasing all the species I can from salt to freshwater.
Consider a Fishing Adventure with Captain Wayne next time you are in Florida.
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Are you planning on bringing your family to Orlando to visit the theme parks? Have you been here before and don’t know what to do on your additional days here? Orlando is filled with endless hidden treats that you can embark on outside the theme parks. The best Orlando outdoor activities are just within a car ride away.
When you are visiting Central Florida and specifically Orlando, there is one outdoor activity that trumps them all: Fishing. Florida fishing here in Orlando is absolutely exceptional all year round. Whether you want freshwater bass fishing or saltwater fishing, you have access to it. Florida bass fishing is easily accessed as Orlando is surrounded by hundreds of freshwater lakes.
Our local experts have years of experience that provide the knowledge to put you on the biggest fish of your life. Orlando has two dominate lakes that produce fantastic trips all year: the Butler Chain of Lakes and Lake Tohopekaliga. Both of these beautiful lakes are within minutes of the theme parks in Orlando. If you are looking for a quick getaway and want to get the rod bent, this is one of the best opportunities.
But if saltwater fishing is a better alternative or more appealing to you, the east coast holds the most exceptional fishing the state has to offer. Just a short drive away you can be on some excellent species whether in Tampa or Cape Canaveral. Most noteworthy, the inshore fishing for redfish is by far the best experience. You don’t have to worry about sea sickness on this fishing trip. While you cruise the backwaters, you will be able to experience endless wildlife and hard-pulling inshore species.
Don’t count out though battling the seas for big pelagic species including sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo, kingfish as well as bottom fish like grouper and snapper. Furthermore, offshore or deep sea fishing is a great opportunity to get the whole family on the water, especially larger parties for some outdoor fun.
If you want to stay closer to Orlando, you can also experience several other awesome outdoor water activities. Staying cool and refreshed is not a problem in Central Florida especially if you visit the Orlando Watersports Complex. While you won’t be setting the hook into your dream fish, you can learn how to wakeboard, wakesurf, kneeboard or waterski with professional, kind and attentive staff. This is a great addition to your Florida outdoor vacation
The outdoors truly can enhance your Florida vacation. One of the other amazing experiences you can encounter is Gator Land. Learn all about our wildlife at this incredible place. You will not only educate yourself on Florida’s wildlife but you can zip line through the park along with watch reptile shows that can amuse your family. Add this to your freshwater fishing trip and you will truly get to explore all Orlando has to offer.
Above all, when you visit Florida, don’t miss out on getting outdoors. Enjoy the beautiful weather, get some sun in your face and experience everything Florida has to offer. Each time of year will give you a breathtaking view and most certainly a different fishing experience. Fishing along with the additional outdoor activities mentioned can help you create memories worth a lifetime. Orlando, Florida is the ultimate family destination that can satisfy all your needs in one location. We look forward to sharing the experience with you!
Melbourne’s Tony Ciavarella and Michael Hubbard of Merritt Island weighed in 16.19 pounds of bass to win the Feb. 23 Space Coast Bass Finatics monthly tournament at Lake Cypress on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
Swimbaits over eel grass and soft plastics on the edge of Kissimmee Grass in Lake Toho worked for them.
A close second place went to the father-and-son team of Mark and Sean Burt of Cocoa with 16.02 pounds, including a 6.42-pounder by Sean that was the big bass of the day for the field. They fished 11-inch plastic worms in lily pads in Lake Kissimmee.
Bob Barnett of Port St. John and Dwayne Haga of Sanford went to Toho for their 15.05-pound third-place catch.
For more on the club, call Ciavarella at 321-752-7841.
Spring snook season opens on Gulf Coast
If you are headed to the Florida Gulf Coast, you’re now allowed to keep one snook within the 28- to 33-inch Gulf Coast slot limit. The spring season opened Saturday in Tampa, FL!
The open season also includes Everglades National Park and Monroe County, which is the Florida Keys.
Elite sailors will again be on hand when the fifth annual running of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank is held March 2-8 from the regatta headquarters at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove.
The six-day racing schedule is headlined by the Star class, which will have 57 boats on the starting line all fighting to win the 87th Bacardi Cup.
On the last four days, the Stars will share the Bay with competitors in the Audi Melges 20, J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and VX One classes.
There are 192 boats registered across the six one-design fleets, with competitors from 15 foreign nations battling a host of American sailors.
Florida boasts of having over 8,000 miles of coastline as well as 4,500 miles of inland waterways. With this much water for cruising, it is no wonder that boating is such a popular sport in the state. Many boaters often find themselves cruising over Florida waters and its waterways for the sheer beauty of it. Many types of boats have graced the waters of Florida ranging from mega-yachts to wooden skiffs. In Florida, owning a boat is as normal as owning a car.
The wonders of boating in Florida are further enhanced with its waterways, passages where boats can pass through for maximum boating experience. There are many waterways maintained by the Florida Inland Navigation District, the two most common and popular are the Intracoastal Waterway or ICW and the Okeechobee Waterway.
The ICW is also known as “the ditch” and is a natural but dredged channel. This channel extends 500 miles down the east coast of Florida to the tip of the Keys. This is a very popular boating route because it runs through rivers, creeks as well-dredged canals, giving boaters an extremely great variety in boating experience.
The Okeechobee Waterway, on the other hand, is composed of 135 miles of boating route. Extremely popular during the summer, this waterway runs along the St. Lucie Canal from Stuart, across the lake, then on to Sanibel Island via the Caloosahatchee River.
Just as cars park in a parking lot, boats do so as well but in ports. Boats aren’t just anchored anywhere. There are many great places to anchor in Tampa including across Ponce Inlet in front of sandbar of the Island; the anchorage in Boca Chica Harbor; and the bayside by Sand’s Cut. Brevard County also has a great place to anchor such as sand Island across Tampa Inlet.
Boating Rules and Regulations
It is recommended that before purchasing a boat or even before boating in Florida, especially for those new in the area, to get acquainted with the state’s boating rules and regulations for a safe and legal boating experience.