Captain Rick Knox of Absolute Florida Flats Fishing, out of Tarpon Springs, reports that the snook fishing is phenomenal on the barrier islands, along with tarpon fishing! With pilchards being the appetizer on the menu and pigfish, grunts, jumbo pinfish, and crabs being the entrée and small threadfin herring being dessert, huge giant tarpon are gorging themselves after the spawn; they almost seem to be intoxicated from all the natural proteins being absorbed from these important little baitfish on the beaches and in passes up and down Florida's Gulf Coast.
While while we are blessed with the tarpon migration and snook spawn,redfish and trout might be ignored by many. However, they are plentiful and available.
Offshore deep sea fishing is prime with grouper and snapper the desire of many clients; both gag and red grouper are targets for many, and the oh so famous and deliciousred snapper seasonremains open! The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission has opened both gaggrouper and red snapper a month early this year; scientific data show that these species are on a very healthy rebound, allowing recreational fisherman to take their bag limit of red snapper certaindays. (Our 32' Contender can run quickly and smoothly into the Gulf ofMexico where the fish are very plentiful; the vessel has federal reef permits and migratory pelagic endorsements, so we can keep our bag of red snapper.)
Kingfish are stilllurking and available with Spanish mackerel and bonito very much available. I have seen free-jumping sailfish thrashing through bait schools while bottom fishing. It's a bonanza out there!!!