Terrific action for the past month has been seen aboard my Action Craft flats skiff, the Flat Back II. With migrating Snook heading out of the back country areas on to the flats and heading toward the beaches, anglers are hitting inshore grand slams with greater regularity. Numbers of Snook are down due to the past two severe winters, but these fish are in the spawn mode and are trying to make up for their losses.
Trout fishing has been outstanding this spring. Good numbers of big fish were caught on CAL Jigs with Shad tails and an assortment of lures from MirrOlure. Brie De Leon of Tampa, fishing with his grandfather Pete Jones, managed some trout in the 4- to 5-pound range. Jigs and the top water prop bait, the 10MR18 MirrOlure produced limits of fish for the duo.
Redfish action has been steady on the flats around Terra Ceia, with the CAL Shad producing good numbers of slot fish. Top fish this past month was caught on an Eppinger Rex gold spoon taping out at just over 30 inches.
Spanish Mackerel have been hit-and-miss, depending on the weather, but with good conditions limits of Mackerel have come on an assortment of jigs, and spoons, but the Gotcha plug has been a top producer for casters, and the Clark Spoon Squid has brought in the best catches for anglers trolling.
Black Sea Bass are more plentiful on hard bottom areas, and Mangrove Snapper should begin showing up in greater numbers in the coming weeks. Next week’s full moon have fish active all over the flats and near shore coastal waters. Tarpon have come on in a big way and are filtering into the bays. Hard bottom areas and the Skyway Bridge area are holding fish.