Captain Mark Howard – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

Captain Mark Howard–Fishing Report–03-25-2013
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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-looking fish to bite. With the passing of the full moon the sheephead fishing will slow down as they will not be schooling as thick as 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 a 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 on 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. 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 some incredible fishing action.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013
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—–Sheepshead are still biting good from the skyway bridge all the way down Longboat Key.  Artificial reefs seem to be holding bigger fish than docks.  Live shrimp combined with a knocker rig consisting of a 1/2 oz egg sinker and a 1/0 circle hook are getting the job done.
—–John Quill of Maryland has the biggest sheepie of the season so far, all 7 pounds and 22 inches of him.  John and his longtime friend Tom Boyer joined me for an afternoon trip which resulted in numerous sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and a few stray gags.
—–The trip with John Bryant, his son Matt,  and buddy Tyler Richie was another rally on sheepies.  We returned to the dock with at least 20 fish in the 1 to 3 pound range.  These guys were on a sheepshead mission with a fish fry in mind.  They got it too.
—–While fishing with Scott Balmanno and his son Braden, we added a little variety to the mix with redfish and snook.  We were joined by Randy Fields and his son Mac.  With water temps in the low 60’s we started out dock fishing for reds.  Two hours later we had caught 15 reds and had 4 keepers on ice in the coffin.  The biggest fish was 24 inches.  So we moved on to find some sheepshead and we sure found them.  We had a good rally around docks although most were on the small side.  We managed to add 10 sheepies to our box and decided to see if we could get a snook to bite.  When we arrived at the spot I could see a lot of snook from my vantage point in the tower.  When I got down, I could also see that the water temp was only 63.5 degrees.  We started out by chumming with live shiners.  Only one fish rose from the bottom to eat a bait.  Real encouraging, huh?  Well, we managed to catch eight snook, the biggest coming in at 27 inches.  Belly hooking the baits to get them to swim toward the bottom seemed to work.  We also sight casted to a couple of fish which worked too.
—–Jigging deeper grassflats with Berkley gulp shrimp combined with a 1/4 oz jighead is producing decent numbers of big trout up to 22 inches.  While targeting trout we’re catching spanish macks and ladyfish which adds a little variety between trout bites.

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!