1: At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, the water is still a little murky, but the Spanish mackerel bite is steady in the early mornings. Itâ€™s been kind of slow during the day, but at night, snook and speckled trout are being caught especially on the overnights on the weekend, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462- 6466).
2: At Madeira Beach, this past weekend we did very well on the big red grouper, occasional scamp grouper, and big trigger fish around 170-200 foot of water. Closer in, thereâ€™s been plentiful hogfish in 40-70 foot. Tripletail are on the buoys that run the beaches one to five miles out, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbardâ€™s Marina (727-393-1947).
3: At John’s Pass, big snook have been caught from the north jetty just before first light. Pompano have been caught in the trough along the beaches. Thereâ€™s still some sheepshead under the bridge on fiddler crabs. Thereâ€™s speckled trout and whiting along the beaches adjacent to the passes or in the pass from the jetties, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbardâ€™s Marina (727-393-1947).
4: At Fort De Soto Park, the snook bite is really good around the area. The fish are making their way out to the beaches and we had two 39-inch fish on Thursday. Weâ€™re starting to see a good redfish bite on cut threadfins fished close to the mangrove lines. A lot of tripletail are inside the bay on the crab buoys, markers, and towers. Thereâ€™s also some cobia as well. Thereâ€™s a good amount of flounder around the drop-off around the Misner Bridge, reports Capt. Brett Norris of Rock Bottom Charters out of Oâ€™Neillâ€™s: (727-512-4415).
5: Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, thereâ€™s plenty of snook on the flats of Terra Ceia and Miguel Bay. Theyâ€™re also starting to push out front of Rattlesnake Key. Thereâ€™s been a good trout bite as well in two to eight feet of water. A lot of flounder are also showing up on the flats and cobia are pouring out of the bay. Spanish mackerel are in the bay following the bait pods. The Sunshine Skyway and the piers have a good amount of tarpon, reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters. (941-705-3160).
6: At Anna Maria, big snook are being caught at night in Longboat Pass and also at the Rod and Reel Pier. The pass is also holding trout and Spanish mackerel. Palma Sola Bay has a good bite for snook and redfish. Fish the docks and potholes with shrimp for the best bite. The docks along the sound are holding some redfish and the trout bite is good on the flats. Look for the trout around ledges, cuts, and deeper holes around good grass. Thereâ€™s also been some cobia around, so have a rod and a bait ready for them, reports Crawford.
7: At St. Petersburg, the snook bite is good from Weedon Island along the shore to Fort DeSoto. The trout bite is good off Pinellas Point and the dock lines are holding some redfish. Some pompano are biting at the Misner Bridge and Bunces East Bridge. Thereâ€™s Spanish mackerel and some kingfish in the channel from Port Manatee out to Egmont and the channel going out. Thereâ€™s good tarpon action at the Sunshine Skyway, reports Larry Mastry at Mastryâ€™s Tackle (727-896-8889).
8: In the north end of Tampa Bay, the snook bite is good around all three bridge approaches. Redfish are chasing bait and pushing into the north bay around Double Branch and Rocky Creek. The redfish bite is also picking up around Weedon Island and 4th Street. Black drum are being caught at the bridges and some tarpon are showing up at night around the Gandy. Spanish mackerel are also around and tripletail are on the markers and crab buoys, reports Gandy Bait & Tackle (813-839-5551).
â€˘ At Boca Grande, the trout bite is good, but the snook bite is just okay for the kind of tides we have right now. Tarpon are thick in the pass, but theyâ€™re not all here yet. Some are still down south around the back country and on the beaches to the south. Good size Spanish mackerel up to three-pounds are being caught and the mangrove snapper bite is picking up in the back country, reports Capt. Greg Penix of Lakeland (863-860-2502).
â€˘ At Fort Pierce, offshore, thereâ€™s some scattered mahi up to 20-pounds around 250 foot and deeper. Kingfish are plentiful in 60-100 foot, both slow trolling live baits and drifting sardines. Lane and mangrove snapper are thick on the bottom from 80-100 foot. At the inlet, the snook bite is good on live bait during the day. Pinfish on the bottom are best and then jigs at night are producing. The Melody Lane Fishing Pier is still producing some sand perch. In the river to the north, the trout bite is good around Harbor Branch, reports Clint Walker at the Fishing Center of St. Lucie (772-465-7637).
â€˘ AtÂ Homosassa, cobiaÂ are showing up around the shallow water rocks and those out deeper. While drifting along for trout in eight to 10 feet, a cobia could show up at any time, so be prepared with a flat line and a live pinfish. KingfishÂ are being caught in the 30-foot range and deeper. Diamond jigs and free lined pinfish are getting the bite. Mayâ€™s warmer weather should see the first push of tarpon making their way south of theÂ HomosassaÂ River,reports Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters (352-621-9284).