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 – 03-25-2013

Captain Rick Gross-Fishing Report-03-25-2013
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—–Fishing around the bay this week was a challenge to say the least. Wind, wind and more wind made things a little though. The trips that did stick it out did well for their efforts.
—–Phil Baker and his family fished with me on Monday for an all day trip. They met me at the Island Discount Tackle dock at seven a.m. so they could go along to catch bait at the Skyway Bridge. While I usually get bait ahead of the trip, sometimes the charter wants to go along to see how it is done. After getting bait we headed north to fish around Joe’s Island for snook and redfish. While everyone on board caught their share of snook and reds, Amber Baker had the high hook by a long shot.
—–I had the pleasure of fishing with Paul Trovas and friends on Tuesday for a six hour trip. The day started a little slow with a couple of bonnet head sharks. They are a lot of fun on light tackle and make for a good photo to take back home. As the tide came in we moved up on the flats around Terra Ceia. Here we found snook, redfish and flounder. While we did not have a huge banner day, everyone caught fish. I think a twenty-six inch red was the fish of the day.
—–On Friday I took John Hagerty and his son, Joe, on a half day trip. We left the dock at nine-thirty, a little later than usual just to take a little chill out of the air. Sometimes it is better to leave later in the day after a cold front has passed. Joe has never fished for snook and redfish before and could hardly believe how shallow we where fishing. I had to explain to him that a sandy pothole may only be a foot or two deeper than the rest of the flat. He quickly became a believer when we started catching fish. We had doubles on more than a few times and caught good size fish up to twenty-nine inches. We ended up with maybe twenty-five or more fish that we released to fight another day.
—–Good Fishing!