Inshore- The inshore waters have become quite dirty due to the enormous amount of rain we have had the past three weeks. Because of the darker waters the black drum and sheepshead are the more active inshore species. The redfish also thrive in these brackish murky waters and can be found using cut bait. We love to use cut ladyfish and let them ripen in the sun before fishing. The smellier baits will help the fish find your bait in the dirty waters. The black drum love eating crabs, so in this dirty water we recommend cutting the crabs in half and let them sit in the sun before fishing, helping the scent to attract in the fish. Snook are still biting well at night and early morning on live pinfish around the structure. We're also catching them around the fish filleting tables during the day, especially when the crew is tossing in the carcasses which chum in the fish and bait.
Tammy Harris with a beautiful Trout. She won't tell us where she caught this one; you probably wouldn't either.
Inshore- William Richards, from Palm Harbor, reported the Sheepsheads were biting well underneath the John’s Pass bridge. He was fishing with his aunt Bridgett using live shrimp weighted to the bottom. This happy young angler was also glad to report he was catching plenty of lady fish too! Victor Vizaro, from Pinellas Park, reported the Snook bites at night are on fire along the beaches and they are stacked inside the passes. He said the best bites were happening at the tail end of incoming tide before it slacked off. Victor also commented that the lights from piers or bridges help to congregate the Snook for the free-lined pinfish, grunts or threadfins. Christina Rastom, from Wesley Chapel, caught Pompano, Whiting, Mangroves and a Shovelnose Shark from the north jetty of John’s Pass. She was fishing early morning on the outgoing tide with live shrimp weighted at the bottom.
Inshore- The Flounder are kicking into high gear with their spawn in full swing. They are being found in large numbers across the sandy drop-offs around structure or grass flats. They love to ambush shrimp or small white bait along the bottom. The Trout are biting well on the grass flats inside Johns Pass, reports Captain John Skinner of the Hobie Outback pro team. Dave Green, from Indiana, reported catching some beautiful Snook the other night from the north jetty of Johns Pass on live free-lined pinfish. Don’s Dock reports Sheepshead are still being caught using oysters, but they have become finicky on pieces of shrimp.
Inshore- Casey Mikus, from Michigan, reported catching some beautiful Flounder while fishing under and around the John’s Pass Bridge with dead shrimp weighted to the bottom. Randy Gozzard, from St. Petersburg, caught some beautiful Whiting while fishing from the north jetty of John’s Pass using sand fleas on the bottom. Warne Leonard, from Ontario, reported Pompano running in the mornings; he caught his with dead shrimp on the bottom. He also reported catching two beautiful Black Drum from the jetty while using shrimp again. His first Drum was 23 inches and the second one was almost as large at 22 inches.
Inshore- The Sheepshead are really starting to become plentiful around Johns Pass. Dylan Hubbard and his friends were fishing Johns Pass Bridge around the pilings catching big Sheeps on small pieces of shrimp with 1oz hooks and split shots. At slack tide the Mangrove Snapper became dominant at the bridge, snapping up our shrimp before it had a chance to sink to the Sheepshead further down the pilings. The Redfish were a little thinner this past week inside Johns Pass, but the Trout have made a comeback into the area, reports Captain John Skinner who fishes the flats inside the pass regularly from his Hobie kayak and paddleboards.
Gordon and Sylvia M. catching Snook and reds on the flats on Tampa bay. They caught between 25 and 30 reds weighting in between 4 and 15 lbs and 23 to 31 inches. They kept the allowed 2 in size requirements. They were delicious!
Captain Garett Hubbard showing off the big gag grouper from our recent 39-hour at Hubbard's Marina at Johns Pass.
Tim Eason from Bradenton, (left, assisted by First Mate Bill Evans at right) with the largest Gag Grouper of his lifetime. Tim was fishing in about 140 ft offshore using a sardine while on a charter with Capt Larry McGuire, Show Me The Fish Charters, Bradenton Beach Marina..