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Some of my favorite places to fish are both inshore and backwater. In the spring, winter, and fall fishing seasons when the fish are moving to and from their winter time haunts or summer time homes, this is their staging area. When the fish are in these places you can have nonstop action on Snook, Trout, Reds, Flounder and a lot of other fish, too!
Depending on the year and how fast the season changes these fish can spend up to 7-8 months around the year in these places. We are usually fishing close to shore lines or on grass flats where sometimes we have to run through less than a foot of water to get to some of these places and will only be fishing in 2'-6' of water at most.
The really cool part about these times of year is you can really see Mother Nature at its finest. You'll have plenty of chances to see all different kinds of birds like Ospreys, Frigate Birds, Eagles and the list goes on! We also often see Manatees and porpoises. You owe it to yourself to see and experience this first hand!
Captain Shawn Crawford
Florida Sportfishing Outfitters offers guided fishing charter boat services in the Tampa, Florida, area. Enjoy a fishing charter in both shallow and deep waters aboard a customized Privateer® boat led by Captain Shawn Crawford. As a sixth-generation Floridian, Captain Crawford believes that 10 percent of the fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish.
Captain Crawford has more than 27 years of experience, and has earned many clients through the word of mouth. He gives seminars throughout the year, and teaches the finer points of fishing. He knows just about everything there is to know about the waters around Tampa Bay, like Longboat Key!
Captain Crawford and Sandi Adams won the 5th Annual Ranger Boats/Evinrude™ Outboards Saltwater Flats Fishing Championship Tournament held at the Bahi Beach Island Resort Marina in Ruskin, Florida, with a 145.5-inch catch. The prize was worth more than $24,000. The Megalops team (Captain Mark Rankin, John Yingling, and Louis Garcia) came in second with a 145.25-inch catch. Both teams had a double slam, catching three fish each day. Ernie Rubio caught the largest snook at 32.25 inches on the Megabite. Frank Heter caught the largest red fish at 32.5 inches on the Wrench'Em In. His teammate, Jim Stanek, caught the largest trout at 26.25 inches.