Strike Zones:Â 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Compiled By Michael Wilson/Ledger correspondent
1 At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, thereâ€™s been a lot of action at the pier this past week. Three snook pushing 40 inches were caught at night over the weekend. The speckled trout bite is also good during the evening and at night. Good numbers of Spanish mackerel are being caught in the mornings and silver trout through the day. Some black sea bass, a 30-inch redfish, and a tripletail were caught along with two tarpon jumped this week, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462- 6466).
2 At Madeira Beach, near shore the water has really cleared up and the night bite should be excellent with the full moon this weekend. Mangrove snapper are plentiful along with lanes and vermillion around 70-90 foot. Deeper offshore thereâ€™s a good bite for red and scamp grouper at 160-200 foot. The mangrove snapper bite is also excellent at 140-160 foot. Thereâ€™s also been some sporadic tuna, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbardâ€™s Marina (727-393-1947).
3 At John’s Pass, the snook are thick in the pass and nearby. Tarpon are starting to show up and some juveniles have been caught by anglers targeting snook. The trout bite is good around the deep drop-offs in the pass and on the flats inside. A few redfish have been caught at night around the dock lights. Sheepshead are being caught around oyster beds on the flats. A few Spanish mackerel have been caught from the jetties. Snook, flounder, and whiting are on the nearby beaches, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbardâ€™s Marina (727-393-1947).
4 At Fort De Soto Park, snook are all over the flats with mangrove lines around the park. Theyâ€™re also in the pass and out on the beach. The tarpon are here and they want the big blue crabs over the pass crabs. Out at the piers, thereâ€™s Spanish mackerel along with mangrove snapper and some sheepshead down around the pilings. Snook are also down around the rocks and the beach, reports the Bait Bucket (727-864-2108).
5 Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, the snook bite has been excellent. Theyâ€™re pretty much everywhere. The mouths of the bays, the passes, deeper ledges and troughs are especially good on the higher tides. Big trout are being caught on the shorelines of Miguel Bay and Rattlesnake Key and the flats between them. Mangrove snapper are starting to show in good numbers at the Skyway. Thereâ€™s also Spanish mackerel scattered around the bay, reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters. (941-705-3160).
6 At Anna Maria, thereâ€™s still a lot of snook migrating out to the beach. Some are already out on the beach and in Longboat Pass. Big snook are also still being caught from the Rod and Reel Pier. Deeper water of the sound with good grass is holding trout. Thereâ€™s a good redfish bite on shrimp in Palm Sola Bay. A few tarpon are running the beach, reports Crawford.
7 At St. Petersburg, the snook bite is good and lots of fish are being caught on the west side flats especially between the Howard Frankland and the Gandy Bridge. Weedon Island is also very good. The trout bite is solid on the edges of the flats in six feet of water. Thereâ€™s a bunch of Spanish mackerel pushing five-pounds roaming the bay. Mangrove snapper have moved in on the deeper rock piles in the central part of the bay. Tarpon are also holding on the deeper hard bottom of the central bay, reports Capt. Chuck Rogers of Finsanity Charters of Tampa (813-918-8356).
8 In the north end of Tampa Bay, the snook, redfish, and trout bite is good right now in the upper bay. Double Branch, Rocky Creek, Cypress Point, 4th Street, and Weedon Island all have a good bite right now. The mangrove snapper bite is picking up and the bridges and any structure. A few pompano are also showing up at the bridges and some flounder area around. The Spanish mackerel are spotty. Theyâ€™re not as far up in the bay as they should be with all the bait around, reports Gandy Bait & Tackle (813-839-5551).
â€˘ At Boca Grande, the snook, redfish, and trout bite is good on the backcountry flats. We had lots of trout, a 36-inch snook and a 29-inch redfish to the boat this week. The tarpon have been offshore of the pass in 30-40 foot the last few days. On Thursday, they started to show back up and we caught one on the beach. A few cobia have been mixed in with the offshore tarpon. Thereâ€™s also plenty of Spanish mackerel, some kingfish, and permit offshore, reports Capt. Greg Penix of Lakeland (863-860-2502).
â€˘ At Fort Pierce, offshore, thereâ€™s some scattered mahi as shallow as 120 foot out to 500 foot. The kingfish bite has picked up at 60-100 foot. The bottom bite is good for mangrove and mutton snapper along with some black sea bass around 80 foot. At the inlet, snook and tarpon are being caught early in the morning and at night. Some mangrove and lane snapper are being caught from the jetty. A few pompano have also been caught from the jetty on jigs. Thereâ€™s plenty of trout in the river to the north around Harbor Branch, reports Clint Walker at the Fishing Center of St. Lucie (772-465-7637).