Our topography is very fish (and fisherman) friendly, with lots of shallow water and numerous small islands adding nooks, crannies and vegetation where fish love to hide. A kayak’s shallow draft (just 2-3 inches) means you can go where other boats can’t. Poke around mangrove roots for snook (excellent fighters), redfish and a variety of snappers including mangrove snapper (fun to catch and good eating). Weedon Island Preserve, south of the Gandy Bridge, is a quiet spot with mangrove tunnels leading to bays that are home to redfish and snook in winter.
In summer, migrating tarpon that weigh 200 pounds and more visit the bay and St. Pete Beach areas. The “silver kings” – so called because of their large, shiny scales – are among the most popular gamefish.