Saltwater fishing: A good tripletail bite is being reported this week in the Tampa Bay area.

1: At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, keeper-size Spanish mackerel are still consistently biting in the mornings. Some trout were caught this week and also some cobia. The snook bite has been good and a 35-inch fish was caught on Tuesday. On Thursday, a good amount of whiting were caught. Anglers should note, hours at the pier change to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, beginning Sept. 1, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462- 6466).

2: At Madeira Beach, near shore, the Spanish mackerel are still biting good off the beach. Hogfish, lane snapper and some flounder are biting on the near shore bottom. Deeper offshore, red grouper are biting in 80-100 feet. The king mackerel are out past the 120-foot mark. Amberjack are biting at 140 feet and deeper. The big gag grouper are out past 150 foot, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

3: At John’s Pass, the area around the pass is fairly free of red tide. Tripletail are biting along the buoys on the beach, around the bridge and some are inside. There’s a lot of snook and tarpon in the pass and the snook are biting good. Mangrove snapper are still biting at the bridge and any structure around the pass, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

4: At Fort DeSoto Park, mangrove snapper and snook are still biting at the drawbridge along with some flounder and small gag grouper. Redfish are biting good on the area flats along with some trout and a few Spanish mackerel. At the pier, there’s a lot of Spanish mackerel and whiting. Some tripletail are biting on the swim buoys and on the pipeline going offshore north of Blind Pass, reports Capt. Claude Hinson, of the Bait Bucket (727-864-2108).

5: Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, “There’s no red tide issues around the Skyway and the area is alive and thriving,” reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters. (941-705-3160). Mangrove snapper are thick at the bridge, the area rock piles and any structure. There’s some tripletail on the markers in the bay. All the mouths of the estuaries including Terra Ceia and Miguel Bay have a good snook bite. The further north you go, the better the bite gets. The trout bite is good in four to eight feet of water along ledges and grass edges on the flats. There’s a few schools of redfish roaming around as well, reports Crawford.

6: At Anna Maria, “Fishing is good from the Manatee Avenue Bridge to the north,” reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters. (941-705-3160). The snook are biting good and some schools of them are off Bean Point. Big numbers of snapper moved north to get away from the red tide to the south. They’re all over any structure in the area. Trout are also biting good on the flats with deeper water, reports Crawford.

7: At St. Petersburg, tripletail are showing up at the markers and buoys in the bay. Trout and redfish are biting off Pinellas Point. Mangrove snapper still biting good along the edges of the shipping channel and around any structure. The docks along the shore to the Misner Bridge are producing snook. The residential canals and docks are also producing snook at night. “Spanish mackerel are still on the beach, but not as many as the last few weeks,” reports Larry Mastry of Mastry’s Tackle (727-896-8889).

8: In the north end of Tampa Bay, there’s some tripletail biting at the markers in the bay. Mangrove snapper are still biting on the turn of the tide at both the Gandy and Howard Frankland Bridges. Redfish are starting to show up around Rocky Creek and Double Branch and they’re biting around the mangroves on the higher tides, reports Capt. Chuck Rogers of Finsanity Charters of Tampa (813-918-8356).

Elsewhere

• At Sebastian Inlet, “Snook season opens on Sept. 1 and we’re excited for that as the snook bite has been excellent. Live croakers are the bait of choice for the keeper size, slot snook,” reports Duncan Frenz at Whitey’s Bait & Tackle (321-724-1440). There’s also redfish, mangrove snapper, jacks, and a few bluefish biting in the inlet. Some early mullet have showed along the beach and there’s tarpon chasing them, reports Frenz.

• At Homosassa, the mangrove snapper bite is good over the many rocks and structure near shore. Free lined live shrimp on a chartreuse 1/8th oz. jig head is best to target them. The near shore rocks are also starting to produce keeper sized gag grouper on shallow running plugs and live pinfish. Trout are congregating in areas with rock grass growing on hard bottom, reports Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters (352-621-9284).

Source: http://www.theledger.com/sports/20180830/saltwater-fishing-good-tripletail-bite-is-being-reported-this-week-in-tampa-bay-area

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