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Neil is a former professional baseball umpire who moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1993. He has fished Florida waters since 1975 and has concentrated on inshore fishing. Neil has also fished exclusively in kayaks since 1998. 

He fishes all of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Dunedin, and Palm Harbor and on up the Nature Coast of Florida's Gulf Coast with light tackle to medium heavy spinning tackle.  Trips cover the entire range of species available in the Gulf and inshore waters. Charters specialize in snook, redfish, speckled trout, flounder and pompano.   He also has success catching sharks, cobia, mackerel, sheepshead, black drum and tarpon.

Neil Taylor is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a business degree, formerly on the Board of Directors for Pinellas Coastal Conservation Association, an active supporter of Tampa Bay Watch, Heroes On The Water, The FWC and Pinellas County Sheriff’s office, outdoor writer and featured speaker on kayak fishing.

A regular guest on the late Captain Mel Berman's radio show and featured speaking events, Neil is also the owner and operator of, one of the most popular fishing web sites around the world!    Fishing reports are published regularly on for:  The Kayak Report; Upper Tampa Bay; Lower Tampa Bay and the Florida Kayak Fishing Forecast.  

Correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times "Captain's Corner" articles, Neil hosts "Kayak Fishing Skool" (fourth Thursday of every month at Bill Jackson's) and organizes "The Captain Mel Classic", an annual charity event to honor the departed Captain Mel Berman.

Speaker for the Tampa Bay Times "Fishing School" seminar series (three times per year). 
Former Coastal Angler Magazine columnist   ("Deep Thoughts, Shallow Minds").

Honorary Lifetime member of the Bay Area Canoe/Kayak club, a Tampa Bay based community of kayak fishing anglers and friends.


Other feature articles about Neil Taylor:

Frank Sargeant, on


Jerry White on "Kayak Fishing School" with Neil Taylor. September 2010


Terry Tomalin: St Pete Times, The Captain Mel Tournament and Kayak Fishing For Trout


Pro staff links for Neil Taylor:

12 Fathom lure

St Croix rod

Native Guides

The Edje Jighead