Inshore Fishing Report for Kayakers and Waders in Tampa, FL
By: Luke Simonds on August 27, 2015
You might not believe this, but I found this amazing inshore fishing hole while sitting in a window seat on a flight from Atlanta to Tampa.
And you don’t even need a boat to get there!
Let me explain.
Finding a new fishing spot for redfish, snook, and trout can be a daunting task for many inshore anglers… especially those without a boat.
And this is a significant problem because finding a good fishing area is WAY more important than having the best fishing equipment.
Since one of my favorite things to do is explore new fishing areas, I thought it would be helpful to start publishing details about kayak and/or wade-friendly areas so those who don’t have a boat or are visiting from out of town can get a head start to finding easily accessible fishing grounds…
So here’s the plan:
- I’ll record my exploration trips and describe what to expect
- Minimal gear will be used (no motor, just 1 rod/reel, and minimal tackle)
- Each fishing report will show satellite views of the location along with tips on what gear is recommended
So without further ado, here’s our first Salt Strong “No Motor” Fishing Report from Cypress Point Park in Tampa, FL…
Tampa Fishing Report – Cypress Point Park
After seeing the healthy grass flats from the window seat of many flights while descending towards Tampa International Airport (who would have ever guessed you could find fishing spots from a commercial airline flight), I finally decided to venture out there to see if they held redfish, snook, and/or trout.
Fortunately, there is a nice park that touches this great looking flat allowing for a very convenient access to inshore anglers who like to go wade fishing, kayak fishing, or paddleboard fishing…
It’s called Cypress Point Park… below is an aerial image along with its address:
Cypress Point Park
5620 W Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Cypress Point Park Fishing Review
Here’s a chart showing Cypress Point Park’s accessibility ratings for inshore anglers:
Cypress Park Fishing Report
On my visit, I decided to fish via paddle board so I could quickly cover ground while having an elevated view of the water (compared to kayak fishing) because I only had a few hours of free time.
Note: This isn’t a fancy fishing paddle board… just an old board I’ve had for years with a missing fin that I really like because it is light and very easy to transport.
I went to the park on August 19th of 2015… I got on the water around 8:30 and was back on land after a couple hours of fun.
Here’s a quick summary of the top inshore species that I caught/saw at Cypress Point Park:
- Redfish: Great… caught a keeper in the first 15 minutes from a good sized school and saw roaming singles too
- Snook: Good… caught one and saw several other snook stalking bait up in the shallows (all small snook though)
- Trout: Good… saw a ~20 inch trout in a pothole and there likely are many smaller trout holding on the outside edge of the flat
Short Video of the Trip
CLICK HERE to see exactly how to rig the lure used in this video.
Finding new fishing grounds isn’t as hard as most anglers think. If done properly, it can be an incredibly fun and rewarding way to enjoy even a short opening of the day.
Heck, it can even be done under 10,000 feet on a commercial airline…
Best of all, having a boat and/or fancy equipment is not a requirement for catching redfish, snook, and trout… all you need is the motivation to simply get out there along with a lure or two that you feel confident in using…
The only guarantee in fishing is that you won’t catch anything if you don’t go…
P.S. – If you’d like to see more reports like this, please leave a comment below (or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org) and state the area you’d like me to cover… I’ll be planning future trips based on feedback received.
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