ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Quiet days are becoming the norm at Mitch's Bait and Tackle in St. Petersburg.
Red tide has held its grip on many beaches in Pinellas and Manatee counties. Shop owner Mitch Halberg says what is happening on the beaches has been scaring people away from wanting to go out on the water, even in areas that are not impacted by the bloom.
"The beaches are kind of a whole different world than we are in Tampa Bay," he said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's latest red tide report shows that the waters off Hillsborough County are clear of the organism that causes red tide.
"We're experiencing some of the best fishing of the year as we move into the fall months," said Robert Hansen, a charter captain who frequents Tampa Bay.
Despite the nice conditions in Hillsborough Bay and Tampa Bay, Halberg says this month has been one of the worst for his business.
"We had a hurricane this month and we were actually shut down for week, and I'm behind that for business!" he said.