Fishing Report: Christmas 2021 – FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Fishing Report: Christmas 2021 – FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Lane snapper fishing opens in Gulf — an early Christmas gift

Lane snapper finally re-opened near shore in federal waters. It’s a little early Christmas present for those fishing near shore, where lane snapper are plentiful starting around 40-50 feet and up to 100-110 feet deep, says Captain Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina.

Every Friday morning, Captain Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina joins Good Day to fill viewers in on his fishing forecast as we head into the weekend. 

Here is his fishing report for December 24, 2021.

Weather effects on fishing

We have the last quarter moon phase coming up Sunday with a high pressure subsiding over the area. This comes before a stronger high pressure pushes its way back into the area mid-week.

This trend looks to be bringing us somewhat moderate conditions — wind and wave-wise — over the next work week. However, with clear blue skies and not much movement to the water, it could get a little pickier this week with fish becoming more finicky and leader shy as waters calm and clear up substantially.

Over the weekend and into the first half of the week, lighter tackle and smaller baits will be key while fishing inshore and near shore. There are lots of small fry bait around right now so live shrimp, small lures or the smaller live whitebait is a great option bait-wise.

LINK: FOX 13 weather forecast

Once winds pick up a bit more towards the second half of the week, waters may get more stirred up, allowing for normal tackle options to come back as fish won’t be quite as leader shy. But the high pressure could give them a bit of lockjaw making it super important to hit your spots at those optimal feeding times when the solunar tidal periods are causing the most water movement and thus, the most feeding action.

FOG WARNING! One downside to moderate weather this time of year is that the warming weather will likely bring fog with it. We are looking at some models showing the worst of it starting over Christmas weekend and persisting into the work week. We have warmer air temperatures coming and the water’s surface is cooler than the air, which brings us that dense sea fog that doesn’t burn off but sometimes gets worse as the sun rises.

Be aware of this as your plan trips and make sure to slow down out there and be vigilant! 


Redfish have been very active this past week. Prior to the big front, we saw a lot of fish moving around the area and feeding actively. Mangrove shorelines, grass flats, oyster bars, and residential dock lines were all productive areas for the redfish. We even saw some nice fish around the …….