Captains Log - Captain Mickey Gibbs

Seasonal Fishing in Tampa Waters


Well, they dont call it "Catching" for a reason... Patience and Virtue? Patience and Attitude Patience and temperament are all different qualities. I think all captains benefit from remaining calm and controlling their tempers.

Yelling, stomping, complaining, and making excuses do not equate to more fish in the boat. All it does is add stress without a result-oriented approach. Most captains I know are well tempered but many of them are relatively impatient. Tampa charter fishing has a wide variety of species we target. If your goal is to put your customers on fish, you can’t rely on one technique year round. Remaining positive and putting forth effort is important but it will only get you so far. Manage Expectations The first and most important aspect of entertaining guests while fishing is understanding and managing expectations. When I get a phone call for a trip, I like to be honest and clear about what’s biting, what is in season, how the fishing has been, etc. If someone calls me and and says they want to catch Tarpon in Sept, I’ll usually let them know whats in season, and whats biting. Sure, we catch plenty of fish in Sept. Unfortunately they are the whats in season, and whats able to be kept and or cooked and there are fewer of them during those months. Deciding that you will target one species all day during the wrong time of year is a recipe for disaster. I would turn down business than disappoint someone. I am always honest from the second I pick up the phone and it has been crucial for our reputation.

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