Interested in going fishing in January and wondering what is running in Tampa Bay? You can find redfish, snook and trout. You’ll probably want to consider bringing a boat to reach some of these fishing areas. If you don’t already have a boat, you could look at something like the bass hound shoppok has listed for sale on their website. Alternatively, you might want to consider hiring a boat from a local business. The choice is completely up to you, but making sure you can access these different fish is essential! Read below to find out about each type of fish.
Redfish is a common name for several species of fish: red drum, channel bass, puppy drum and spottail bass. It is also applied to the slimeheads or roughies (family Trachichthyidae), and the alfonsinos (Berycidae).
They can be found in Coastal waters and during the winter, redfish are found in seagrass, over sand or muddy bottoms, or near oyster bars or spring fed creeks.
They have a mild, sweet flavor and the moist white meat seems to be far superior, especially from those smaller redfish less than 10 or 15 pounds, as the meat of larger “bull” redfish can be coarse, stringy, and unpalatable.
Snook are saltwater fish that belong to the family Centropomidae. Snook are the only fishes in the Centropomidae family. There are 12 recognized species; five live in U.S. waters. They differ in overall size and the size of their scales. The main snook of interest to anglers is the largest member of the family called the Common Snook (Centropomus undecimalis) which is also known as the Robalo or Sergeant Fish.
Snook like to hang around docks, sea walls, bridges and jetties. Places that can be accessed by boat as well as on foot. Inlets and passes, especially John’s Pass and Clearwater Pass — anywhere there is a good, fast flow of water. Snook are seldom found in waters deeper than 60 feet. May and June are the best months here on the Gulf Coast, and fishing at night is most productive for very big fish — not just during the peak of a full moon.
Snook meat is white with a medium firmness, not as delicate as trout but not as dense as swordfish. It is a good idea to take the skin off. That’s why it is nicknamed the soap fish. Just take off the fillet, remove the skin, add some seasonings or marinade, pitch it in the fridge, and you’re done.
Cynoscion nebulosus, the spotted seatrout, also known as speckled trout, is a common estuarine fish found in the southern United States along coasts of Gulf of Mexico and the coastal Atlantic Ocean from Maryland to Florida.
Spotted seatrout are carnivores whose feeding habits vary with size. Small trout feed primarily on small crustaceans. Medium-size trout feed on shrimp and small fish. Large fish feed almost exclusively on other fish such as mullet, pinfish, pigfish and menhaden. This preference for large fish makes large trout difficult to catch. Large trout do not feed often and few anglers like to use 12-inch live mullet for bait. Trout are very delicate, so returning unwanted or illegal fish promptly to the water is necessary to maintain a healthy population.
Trout have a clean fresh flavor and do not taste fishy with a very mild flavor and is a soft small flaked fish.
Give Captain Brian a call today to schedule some time on the water catching these tasty fish!
Captain Brian Mathay
Captain Brian Mathay of Clearwater Inshore Fishing feels passionately about the damage red tide has caused in our waterways and wants to spread the word to fix the problem for the future.