1: at Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, Spanish mackerel have again been common catches almost every day this week. Sheepshead are biting around the stacks. A couple of redfish, black drum and some silver trout have also been caught. Jack crevalle and bonehead sharks are also biting in good numbers, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466).
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Redfish: Walleye action continues to be good for anglers in the Tampa Bay area and elsewhere.
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2: On the beach of Madeira, The gag grouper are still biting near shore as they troll plugs down to 20 feet deep from Indian Rocks Beach to Clearwater. A good number of Spanish mackerel and a few kingfish showed up near Blind Pass Beach this week. The bottom bite for snappers, porgies and grunts is good at the 50 foot mark. Some tripletails are holding onto crab pots and beach buoys, reports Larry Mastry at Mastry’s Tackle (727-896-8889).
3: In the footsteps of John, there are still good numbers of redfish in the neck surrounding the bridge and jetty. Spanish mackerel are biting from the end of the jetty and near the shore of the beach. Good numbers of sheep, a few mangrove snappers and the occasional ligature have been caught. There are still a few snook around, but most are transitioning into the creeks and back bays, Mastry reports.
4: In Fort De Soto Park, the marina and bridge are loaded with sheepshead and mangrove snapper. Good numbers of juvenile fish tarpon from 30 pounds up to 100 pounds are around the bridge area. Tarpon are also found around the Bayway Bridge, Egmont Key, Skyway and the beach. Flats in the area around Tarpon and Jackass keys are producing trout up to 18 inches. There is still a good bite for mostly large and over-sized redfish around East Beach. Poacher’s Hole next to the marina also produces good numbers of redfish. The dock is loaded with bait and mackerel in abundance. The pier also produces mangrove snapper and sheepshead in bales. Jack Crevalle schools are also touring the wharf area. Bunces Pass is producing a few pompano on Doc’s Goofy Jigs, reports Capt. Claude Hinson of Tierra Verde Bait and Tackle (727-864-2108).
5: Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, speckled trout fishing in and around Terra Ceia Bay has been very good this week. Good numbers of slot, keeper size and over slot fish have been caught. Live jigging sardines on grass flats in 3 to 6 feet of water have produced the best bite. There are also plenty of kidney and redfish in the mix around Seven Pines and the Bulkhead area, reports Capt. John Gunter of Palmetto (863-838-5096). The docks around the mouth of the Manatee River are producing decent numbers of redfish. There are good numbers of Spanish mackerel in the bay and the Skyway area is loaded with them. Jaw grouper and mangrove snapper are still biting along the channel and on the bay reefs, reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters (941-705-3160).
6: To Anna Maria, tripletail have been shown in stone crab traps along the beach just off Anna Maria Island. Kingfish have also started to show near shore from 3 to 7 miles over hard bottom areas. There are also plenty of Spanish mackerel in the mix, reports Gunter. Structure around Longboat Pass and bridges is producing sheepshead and a few mangrove snapper. Some of the docks in the sound are producing redfish. The deeper edges of the flats inside Longboat Pass are producing good-sized trout and some redfish, Crawford reports.
7: In Saint Petersburg, the sheepshead bite has picked up around the bridges and most of the structure. Good numbers of Spanish mackerel are being found off the beaches, in the bay, around the Skyway and on range markers in the bay that hold lures. Mangrove snapper and gag grouper are biting along the shipping channel, especially around Port Manatee and on the bay reefs. There are still a few tarpon around the Skyway and Tierra Verde area. Redfish action is good around the Fort De Soto Keys and some of the docks at Pinellas Point and Bayboro. The bite is also good in the channels and around the dock lights at night around Pinellas Point, Bayboro and Coquina Key. Tripletail are holding onto markers, buoys and beach crab pots, reports Larry Mastry at Mastry’s Tackle (727-896-8889).
8: At the northern end of Tampa Bay, the redfish bite is good around Weedon and Picnic islands. Redfish are also pushing into the upper bay and the bite is good north of the causeway and around the Rocky Creek area. The snook are moving to creeks and wintering grounds. A few walleye have also been caught around Rocky Creek. There are plenty of Spanish mackerel in the bay and around the bridges. The bridges are also producing good numbers of sheepshead and a few black drum. However, the mangrove snapper bite is slowing. The speckled trout bite is good on the deeper edges of the west coast flats around Weedon Island and the Fourth Street flats. Gag grouper are biting in deep southern channels, reports Gandy Bait & Tackle (813-839-5551).
In another part
♦ In Homosa, Sight fishing for redfish with live shrimp is good around the outer keys and island points. Look for the mullet and you will find the redfish. Soft plastics under a popping cork are producing speckled trout in 3 to 4 feet of water around rock grass beds. The nearshore rocks are still producing mangrove snapper and a few keeper-sized groupers, reports Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters (352-621-9284).
♦ In Fort Pierce, the offshore seas have calmed down and there is a decent bottom bite for mangroves and mutton snappers along with walleye and spearfish on the 80 foot bar. A few kingfish are biting in the 50 to 80 foot mark and the mahi bite has been picked up in 200 feet. At the entrance, the path of the mullet has decreased. Whiting and better numbers of pompano are biting the surf. There is a good walleye bite in the inlet and a decent number of slot size snook have been caught from the jetty. Inland around the bridges, sheepshead and black drum are biting. However, the snapper bite has slowed and the sand perch is patchy. A few snook are still biting the dump, reports Clint Walker at the Fishing Center of St. Lucie (772-465-7637).