Tampa Bay Fishing Report By: Capt. Woody Gore

Tampa Bay Fishing Report October 2017

Captain Woody Gore

With fall just around the corner we may get some cooler weather.

Finally the water should cool down and the fish will get a little more excited about being fish. As we continue into the fall the bite should keep getting stronger. You can expect good catches using live bait and artificial lures all over the Tampa Bay area.

If you’re interested in some exciting early morning action, tie on a MirrOLure16MR MirrOMullet surface walker or Top Dog Jr. and walk the dog across a calm morning grass flat. The anticipation of the next explosive snook strike or the water pushing swirl of a stalking redfish will electrify even the most seasoned angler. A topwater strike on your favorite lure is so exhilarating it’ll almost stop your heart.

Fishing artificial lures is close to my heart, there is something magical about tricking a fish into striking something that looks like natural food or is completely alien looking.

Over the years, I’ve used everything imaginable to catch fish. Live baits, artificial lures, and even plastic straws; I’ve even used a strip of old white tee shirt to catch spotted sea trout. I’ve come to the conclusion that if it has action or looks wounded; something’s going to try to eat it.

Try your hand at something man-made on your next fishing trip, you’ll be surprised at how many fish you’ll catch and how much fun you’ll have doing it.

There are plenty of redfish and snook hanging around the grass flats and mangrove shorelines. You can also expect schooling reds to keep moving around the bay. It’s also the time of the year when some of the biggest reds show up. You never know if you’re going to a catch one in the slot or one of the giants over 30 inches.


Most snook caught average in the 22 to 30 inch range, however for those who like the night life associated with snook fishing this is great time. They’re hanging under residential docks watching the light line for a quick meal. Use a shallow diving artificial lure, greenback or free-line a jumbo shrimp. Also, make sure to use Seaguar 30-40 pound leader, so you don’t get cut off on the pilings.


As for the others, expect some good sized mangrove snapper at the bridges, rock piles, and artificial reefs with some topping out around three pounds. Cobia should pop up as usual around markers and buoys, mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish will be feeding on bait schools everywhere as well.


When taking kids fishing, never pass up a chance at ladyfish and jacks because they can make or break a trip. Most children aren’t interested in fishing, however they are interested in catching and they don’t care what they catch. When you take kids fishing make sure it’s always about them catching fish.


Give Me a Call & Let’s Go Fishing – 813-477-3814 Captain Woody Gore is the area’s top outdoor fishing guide. Guiding and fishing the west central Florida areas for over fifty years; he offers world class fishing adventures and a lifetime of memories.

Multi-boat Group Charters With years of organizational experience and access to the areas most experienced captains, Captain Woody can arrange and coordinate any outing or tournament. Just tell him what you need and it’s done.  WWW.CAPTAINWOODYGORE.COM, Email: [email protected] or give him a call at 813-477-3814.