Saltwater fishing: Sea trout are biting good this week for Tampa Bay area anglers.

1 At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, Spanish mackerel are still biting steady in the mornings. Sea trout are biting good for the night time anglers. During the day, a few mangrove snapper and some Atlantic spadefish this week. On Wednesday some pompano were caught. Anglers should note, hours are now 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462- 6466).

2 At Madeira Beach, near shore, porgies, black sea bass, and Key West grunts are plentiful, but the hogfish have been spotty. There’s still lots of Spanish mackerel being caught both trolling and with free lined baits. Deeper offshore, amberjack are being caught on vertical jigs. Some nice red grouper on big squid strips as well. Big porgies, yellowtail, and vermillion snapper also biting good, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

3 At John’s Pass, red tide is now around John’s Pass, and there are some dead fish around the pass. However, there are still large schools of bait around. These schools often have Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and ladyfish on them. There are snook around the docks and some sheepshead around as well. Trout are biting on the inside grass flats, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

4 At Fort DeSoto Park, mangrove snapper and big sheepshead are still at the bridge. Nice size trout are being caught on both live bait and artificials on the area flats. Slot and over slot redfish are being caught around the islands, oyster beds, and near schools of mullet. At the pier, “the Spanish mackerel bite is on fire using shiny spoons, Gotcha Plugs, and live bait under a float. Mangrove snapper and sheepshead are biting as well,” reports Capt. Claude Hinson, of the Bait Bucket (727-864-2108).

5 Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, the deeper water trout bite is really good right now as well as on the flats. Trout are also biting around the bait schools at the Sunshine Skyway. Mangrove snapper are still all over the place. Small snook are being caught from Emerson Point to Terra Ceia. Trout, snook, and the occasional redfish are biting in Miguel Bay. Redfish are holding on the docks of the Manatee River, reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters. (941-705-3160).

6 At Anna Maria, there’s snook all over the beach and the north end of Ana Maria Island, but they’re running from the red tide. The redfish and trout are feeding on pinfish in the areas that are clear. There’s redfish on the docks in the clear areas of Anna Maria sound, reports Crawford.

7 At St. Petersburg, “The morning tarpon bite off the beach between the Don CeSar and Blind Pass has been phenomenal,” reports Larry Mastry of Mastry’s Tackle (727-896-8889). The trout and redfish bite is pretty good off Pinellas Point. Redfish, snook, and trout are biting in the residential canals in the area. Mangrove snapper are still biting along the shipping channel and around structure in the bay, reports Mastry.

8 In the north end of Tampa Bay, some keeper size trout 16-20 inches are being caught during the incoming tide on the deeper flats. Lots of small snook are being caught as well. A few big schools of redfish are roaming the west side of the bay from Weedon Island and the Gandy Bridge to north of the Howard Frankland. Mangrove snapper are still biting at both bridges, but the bite is starting to slow, reports Capt. Chuck Rogers of Finsanity Charters of Tampa (813-918-8356).


• At Homosassa, look for spawning schools of redfish on the outside keys during the incoming tides. Snook fishing is good around outside points, but the big, keeper snook will be caught near the creek mouths and drop-offs near channels. A soft plastic in glow color on a chartreuse jig head will get the bite, reports Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters (352-621-9284).

• At Fort Pierce, king mackerel are biting offshore on the troll in 50-90 foot. At night, the bottom bite is good for mangrove snapper about 80 foot. Inside, snook are biting at the south jetty and in the inlet on live croakers and pinfish. Snook are still biting at the Taylor Creek spillway. In the river to the north, there’s a good trout bite on the grass flats, reports Clint Walker at the Fishing Center of St. Lucie (772-465-7637).

• At Sarasota, red tide in the Sarasota area has improved due to easterly winds for the last couple of weeks. There are some areas that are unaffected and that’s where the fish are. The early morning snook bite on the area docks has been good. The mangrove snapper bite is also good. Fishing the dock lights at night and before dawn will produce snook, redfish, and trout, reports Capt. Rick Grassett of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service (941-923-7799).


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