Captain Rick Gross – Fishing Report – 03-18-2013

Captain Rick Gross-Fishing Report-03-18-2013
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—Last week the weather was like a roller coaster. I cancelled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday trips on my boat, the Fishy Business, because of the cold front and the accompanying wind.
—But on Monday, before the front, we did well on catch and release snook up to thirty-one inches long as well as redfish in the 18-27 inch size limit and some jumbo trout.
—On Friday morning the water temperature gauge on the fish finder showed a chilly 59°. I decided to fish with live shrimp as bait and move to deeper water. This proved fruitful for big sheepshead, white grunts and snapper. We also caught some beautiful trout on the deeper grass flats around Egmont Key.
—Saturday on the same deep flats we had a major mack attack. Spanish mackerel hit every shiner…sometimes even before we could get the bail shut on the reel.
—Thank You & Good Fishing!

Captain Ryan Hackney – Fishing Report – 03-11-2013

Captain Ryan Hackney-Fishing Report-03-11-2013
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—Fishing was very good last week as water temps climbed into the upper 60’s. Trout were biting well, especially on the deeper grass flats around Egmont Key along with some bluefish.
—The spring fishing will continue to heat up as the water temp continues to rise. We’ll be looking to cast net live shiners as bait soon. All we need is a week of warm days.
—We also had great bites on redfish, snook, and grouper. Bill Gamble, along with Capt. Ryan Hackney, are pictured here with a nice redfish. The redfish are still around some docks in our area. Lots of near-shore grouper that need to be released alive. Remember, all snook must also be released.

Captain Mark Howard – Fishing Report – 03-11-2013

Captain Mark Howard-Fishing Report-03-11-2013
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—Fishing out of Island Discount Tackle on beautiful Anna Maria Island, this past week’s fishing has produced a variety of fishing opportunities and fillets for the dinner table .
—On my recent charters we have been landing redfish, speckled trout ,and sheephead.
Sheephead fishing has been good this year with many big ones landed. Live shrimp, rigged on a size 1 hook and a split shot, will get the convict fish to bite. With the passing of the full moon, the sheephead fishing will slow down because they will not be schooling as thick when they spawn. For fun action and a change of pace, try catching them on the flats in potholes and around oyster bars.
—Redfish have been chewing in many different areas such as docks, piers and the flats. The high hook this past week went to Andy Markevich with his 30″ redfish that was caught on a lively pinfish rigged under a popping cork. Reds are still under deepwater docks too.
—Speckled trout are starting to gather in big schools on the deep grass of Key Royale flats. Work a popping cork rigged with a small jig and your favorite Berkley Gulp . Some gator-sized trout are in shallow water ambushing baits swimming into the potholes.
—Looking forward, the Winter-time fishing is yielding to the Spring-time fishing pattern as the days get longer and the water gets warmer. The fishing scene will soon explode with shiners invading the flats of Tampa Bay. This will signal the start of some incredible fishing action.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03/14/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-03-14-2013
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—The next trip report is with Richard Scanlon of Minnesota on Friday the 7th.  Richard is a really cool guy and I like fishing with him.  He fished with me last year at along the Seven Pines shoreline between Perico Bayou and the mouth of the Manatee River. We tore-up the redfish on that trip.
—Well, this time the tide wasn’t right for the reds so instead we set-out to do a little sheepherdin’. We ended up puttin’ a hurtin’ on the sheepies that day. We came back to the dock with eighteen fish ranging from 1 to 4 pounds.  We also managed to coax a few mangrave snapper out of the structure that day too.  The biggest snapper was 15 inches.  Add a few fat key west grunts and the fish fry was complete!

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03/11/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-03-11-2013
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—On last week’s trip with Jen Kroeger and her daughter Evelyn, we dock-fished for reds using a knocker rig baited with live shrimp. A knocker rig usually has a free-sliding egg sinker located just above the hook or above a swivel.
—This trip was on Friday the 1st which was the beginning of that last good cold front we had.  The temperature was in the low fifties when we left the dock at Island Discount Tackle. By the time we got to the eastern shoreline of Palma Sola Bay, my eyes were tearing from the 20 minute freezing cold ride we had all just endured.
—After we thawed out, we managed to get great rallies on redfish and sheepies on 3 out of the 4 docks we tried.  The average size on the reds was 15 to 17 inches but we caught at least 30 of  ’em.  It was great. The keepers that Jen and Evelyn caught were 23 and 25 inches.
—We were joined by Craig and Deb McKinney, Jen’s parents.  Figured I better mention them since they paid for the trip.  Ha! They’re from Wisconsin.  Oh yeah, Craig caught a 21 inch flounder that day but it eluded my camera for some reason.

Captain Ryan Hackney – Fishing Report – 02/26/13

Captain Ryan Hackney-Fishing Report-02-26-2013
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—This past week my clients and I have been able to get consistent catches of small permit and good sized pompano. These fish have been caught while moving through the edges of the passes, and have been eating shrimp-tipped jigs. Small white bucktail jigs, pompano jigs, crazy jigs, and of course a plain old shrimp will all work fine if you locate the fish.
—To locate the fish, try slowly moving along the edges of the passes with the sun at your back. Look for groups of small dark shadows swimming quickly along the sand bottom.

– Captain Ryan Hackney

Captain Trek Hackney – Fishing Report – 02/26/13

Captain Trek Hackney-Fishing Report-02-26-2013
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—Although it has warmed up slightly these past couple of weeks, the sheepshead bite has still been red-hot around structure. My clients and I have been finding them around submerged structure, as well as near docks and bridges. The bite has been on during almost all tides, and the baits of choice have been sand fleas and shrimp.
—The trick to getting consistent bites when sheepshead fishing is to use light fluorocarbon leaders with small, size 4 hooks. A light split shot will also be needed in order to get the bait to the bottom.

– Captain Trek Hackney

Captain Sam Kimball – Fishing Report – 02/14/13

Captain Sam Kimball-Fishing Report-02-14-2013
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—Although red grouper season will not  be open until April 1st, my clients have still been able to catch plenty of snapper, flounder, porgies, and amberjack. Our trips offshore usually range from 3-30 miles, depending on the target species and the weather.
—We have been using live pinfish to catch grouper, and shrimp for the snapper, porgy, and flounder. The amberjack usually average around 20 pounds, and have been eating anything from jigs to frozen sardines.
—This nice mangrove snapper was caught 20 miles offshore while using live shrimp.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—My clients have been having a great time catching big sheepshead, snapper, and grouper around structure in Tampa Bay. The Egmont Reef has also been holding fish during the slack tides, and the grassflats have been producing redfish and trout.
—The key to enticing the sheepshead to bite has been by using fiddler crabs or live shrimp with a light fluorocarbon leader and a small size 4 hook. Split-shot weights, or 1/4-1/2 oz. jigheads have also been working well as the tide picks up.

– Captain Danny Stasny

Captain Mark Howard – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Mark Howard-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—We caught this gator trout recently while fishing the grassflats near Anna Maria Island. The trout bite has been strong inshore, and we’ve also been managing to consistently get some sheepshead, redfish, grouper, and snapper.

– Captain Mark Howard