Captain Rick Gross-Fishing Report-April-08-2013
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—–We had a major mack attack on Tuesday in lower Tampa Bay. Every shiner that was cast out was met with a vicious Spanish mackerel strike. Between my morning trip and afternoon trip I went through over a hundred 3/0, Aberdeen, gold hooks. I seriously do not know how many fish we landed. All I know is we kept a dozen or more each trip and released the rest. The fishing was non-stop the whole time we were out.
—–Wednesday was a little different. With winds coming out of the southeast, it was too rough to fish the lower bayside flats. So I headed to the lee side of Anna Maria Island to fish the beaches. Once there we caught spanish mackerel and gag grouper on free-lined shiners. The action was steady for the first hour or so but the wind shifted more to the south and it started to get a little rough. We moved into some flats near Longboat Pass and managed to catch and release a few nice snook with one twenty five inch redfish for supper.
—–By the time I left the dock with my afternoon trip, the wind had really picked up out of the south. I headed the Fishy Business toward Terra Ciea Bay. Once there the first hole we fished produced a few small snook and one keeper redfish. The next stop was more of the same with a few snook and another red. I thought I saw a fish bust a shiner down tide from us so I picked up the push pole and moved maybe a hundred yards. We really got into a major redfish rally for the rest of the afternoon. Most of the reds were in the size limit slot, around twenty four to twenty seven inches.
—–Friday I had a afternoon trip with Jon Williamson and his son Sam. We found a place out of the wind behind some mangroves. The outgoing tide had just started out when the fishing picked up. We never moved the boat other than down tide so we would not go aground. All afternoon we caught snook to thirty one inches, redfish to twenty five inches, trout to twenty inches and flounder to fourteen inches. Sam managed to catch a true grand slam with all four species. While I think his dad caught the biggest fish with the thirty one inch snook.
Thank You & Good Fishing!