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chocolatelabs 01-21-2005 02:01 PM

Tampa Bay

I am traveling to Tampa Bay throughout this year, and I would like to do some fishing. Can anyone recommend a guide for snook, redfish or trout.

I will stay in Bradenton when I go there so any tips on fishing that area would be very helpful.


dougm 01-21-2005 03:45 PM


There are probably several excellent guides in the Tampa Bay area, but I'm only aware of one that I can recommend without hesitation. His name is Dan Malzone (813 831-4052), and even if he is booked during the dates you want to fish, you'd do well to ask him for a referral (the good guides always refer to other good guides).

Hope that helps.

Fly Fishing at MidCurrent

dougm 01-21-2005 04:58 PM

Dan is one of the best guides in the area and a close friend of mine. You can check our web pages, they'll give you some idea of what to expect.
Marshall is right about selecting a guide. particularly if you want to fly fish.
Good luck,
Capt. Buddy

dougm 01-21-2005 05:35 PM

Fly fishing Guide in Tampa Bay
I guide in Tampa Bay and specialize in fly fishing. Check my website, or call me.
Capt. Pat Damico
St. Pete Beach, FL

Capt. Ray Markham 01-21-2005 05:51 PM

Re: Tampa Bay guide
I guide out of Terra Ceia, Florida, which borders Bradenton. The Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve is probably the most bountiful area in the Tampa Bay Estuary for snook, trout, and redfish. Tarpon are seasonal. I a run a new Action Craft 1820 Flatsmaster SE Hybrid powered by Yamaha, and pro-staff for G. Loomis and SA. I run spin, plug, and fly trips here, and would be happy to accomodate you for your fishing trip to this area. I am a native Floridian and have fished the area for over 50 years, but guided for only the past 9. I guide strictly with artificial baits and flies. While I preach catch-and-release fishing, I have no problem taking a fish for the table. Please feel free to contact me at any time for rates and availability. I am also the West Central Field Editor for Florida Sportsman Magazine and host their radio show, Florida Sportsman Magazine Live!, which airs Saturdays from 8 to 9 a.m. EST on 1040 WWBA am radio. You may listen in to live streaming audio by going to the Florida Sportsman Website at and finding the radio show section and going from there. I look forward to hearing from you.
Capt. Ray

Fish Bones 01-21-2005 10:07 PM

A special thanks to you Florida boys who responded so quickly to David's Tampa Bay post. So “hats-off” to Marshall, Buddy, Pat and Ray. Thanks guys and keep the posts coming!!!

Steve :D

dougm 01-22-2005 06:40 AM

Flyfishing Guide in Tampa Bay
Check out our sponsors on it is the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club website we have a number of guides that are part of the club. Pat Damico serves on our board of directors as well.

chocolatelabs 01-23-2005 10:39 AM

Thanks for all of the responses guys. I don't know when I will have time to set up a trip, but I will be calling the guides that have been recommended.

I am going to be in bradenton on 2/3. Is their somewhere close by that I can wet a line in the evening. I may not have time depening on work and when it gets dark.

What is a good time of the year to fish for snook?



Bahama Momma 02-04-2005 09:18 PM

So David, give us a fishing report when you get back. OK?


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