The best experience you'll have from the Captain with the most experience.

Licensed and insured since 1986. Inshore, from Tampa Bay and the flats, and nearshore fishing, up to 15 miles into the gulf. License, bait, and tackle are provided. It is recommended to bring food, drinks (alcohol allowed), sunscreen, and whatever else you may think you need. Light-soled shoes preferred. Clients are allowed to bring their own tackle and the captain can offer his own recommendations. The Fishy Business is a fully equiped 25 foot Privateer with GPS navigation, fish finder electronics, and a blue canvas spray dodger.

Spring Fishing 2012

over 2 years ago

It is "what do you want to fish for" time again. Just about everything that swims is on the prowl now off of Anna Maria. Big Sow sheepshead or in full spawn mode. Resident Tarpon are at the Sunshine Skyway. Snook and reds are on the shallow flats around the mangroves. Gator trout or on the deeper flats as well as spanish mackerel, pompano and bluefish. Just off the beaches the first kingfish of the year are starting there run. There are also reports of Cobia on the nearshore reefs.

It is going to be an early spring with all the mild winter weather!

I have open dates! Lets go fishing!

King are in

over 3 years ago

The kingfish run is going full bore off Anna Maria right now. Yesterday we caught thirty fish in the eight to fifteen pound range. That was just in the morning later in the day we caught trout on the outgoing tide. Ending up with seven keepers up to twenty inches. Also a few catch and release snook.

Good Fishing!

Capt. Rick Gross

Spring Fishing 2011

over 3 years ago

2011 makes Twenty-five years as a licensed fishing guide. Seems like just yesterday I trailered the first Fishy Business home. A lot of things have changed since 1986. And someday I think I'll write a book about it. For now I am just concerned with booking trips for this spring.

This weeks full moon should be good for the Sheepshead spawn. It is time for the big sows to show up on the reefs. Some of the better fish where up to eight pounds last year. This fishing will be good through the full moon in March.

The trout fishing has been some of the best in years and it should only get better this spring. I had several places last spring I could count on limits of fish. Numbers are up and so is the size. I had six fish last year up to twenty-eight inches.

There are more small Redfish around this winter than I ever remember seeing. Lots of fish just short of the eighteen inch mark. Reds grow fast so by late spring and early summer it should be some really good fishing.

Snook will be catch and release until next September. I did find some good numbers of fish late last fall. I still think it is going to take another couple of years for the fishery to get back.

Spanish mackerel were off the charts! Lots of baseball bat size fish some looking more like small kingfish than Spanish. They should start showing up at the end of the month.

Kingfish fishing was good while it lasted. Problem was it started late and ended early. Here's hoping they stay around longer this year.

I hope the Pompano show up like they did last March. You never know from one year to the next about these fish. Last year was good, lets hope this year is too. They may not get big but they sure are fun to catch and not bad eating either.

Despite what the Feds say about the Grouper fishery. It is some of the best fishing inshore in years. Grouper is closed inshore (9miles) until April 1st. And offshore who knows how long! (180days) The bay reefs where on fire as well as the inshore gulf reefs and ledges. Let's hope they figure this one out in favor of the fishermen.

I don't know about you but I am ready to get back at it. Give me a call and let's go fishing!

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