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

Captain Josh Peurifoy – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Josh Peurifoy-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—Redfish have been plentiful in and around docks and structure this winter, and can usually be enticed to eat with live shrimp, small crabs, or pilchards. This large redfish was taken while fishing a grassflat with pilchards.

– Captain Josh Peurifoy

Captain Rick Gross – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Rick Gross-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—Even though this winter has been mild, we have still been managing to catch some great trout and redfish. This one was caught using a live pilchard. The best bites have been on high outgoing tides, while casting into sandy patches near a shoreline.

– Captain Rick Gross

Captain Harrison King – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Harrison King-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—We had some great action at the Egmont Reef this week using live shrimp, 30# flourocarbon leaders, and 1/2 oz. jigheads.  The key was to fish during the tide change when the current was at a minimum. Overall, we managed to catch snapper, grouper, cobia, and even a few rare hogfish.

– Capt. Harrison King