South Shore Tampa Bay Report By: Capt. Christopher Taylor

An Anglers Guide to Pandemics

For many anglers, relief from the hysteria created by the latest pandemic comes in the form of fishing. With major shutdowns and closures in effect, which restrict what activities people can engage in, many are grabbing their poles and heading for water. Many local authorities are recommending that people get outside and exercise while practicing social distancing. Social distancing is being promoted as one of the biggest ways to prevent spread of illness, and what better way to socially distance yourself than to go fishing. You can isolate yourself from others that may potentially be sick while enjoying the great outdoors and truly letting go. Whether you’re heading to your local pond or lake for bass, panfish, etc., or your local saltwater boat launch for big game, the event helps relieve stress. People can reduce their stress by spending more time outside. People who spend more time in outdoor environments are likely to have lower levels of cortisol, the hormone that produces stress. It is known that spending as little as five minutes outside can reduce stress levels. Plus, if you’re someone who doesn’t normally get to soak up the sun as much, now is your chance; just don’t forget to protect your skin with the appropriate sunscreen. And, just so you know, your local bait shops and retailers are still open until further notice. They have everything you need for a great day on the water. And, if you can’t make it in person, feel free to visit websites like If you’re fishing the South Shore side of the Bay, I recommend stopping at Hooked Up Bait and Tackle off of US 41 and Beach Ave. Augustine always has everything you need for a good day of fishing.



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