Angler’s Depot, (727) 938-5364: Brown says the blacktip sharks have been gathering around the pier at the Anclote power plant outfall canal. With the water warming, trout have been moving to the deeper grass beds and whiting have been taken around Anclote Key. Offshore, some boats are reporting good action on kings, with one connecting in 55 to 60 feet of water of Anclote Key. The artificial reefs from Tarpon Springs south have been holding fish, as well.
Anclote Bait and Tackle, (727) 945-1808: Capt. Griff says the trout bite is good on the grass flats north and south of the Anclote River, with the deeper flats and passes around the island holding schools of mackerel. Reds have been scattered, but hitting the oyster bars and mangroves when the water is up will find a few. Offshore, anglers are connecting with some kings in 35 to 40 feet of water. Tarpon Reef has been holding some kings and mackerel. Cobia are showing up on the reefs, as well as the deeper markers and pilings. Grouper diggers are doing best in 65 to 80 feet of water.
Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, (727) 942-8944: Don says a good bet now is to look for schools of mackerel on the deep grass flats. The area of New Port Richey is a good place to start based on what he’s heard. Baitfish schools have been found off Howard Park, in Tarpon Springs, and around the 7X marker, which is a sign macks may be in those areas, as well. Some anglers are reporting snook showing up on the outside areas, including the beaches.
The Long Pier, (727) 391-9398: Beach Bob says the kingfish action picked up over the weekend. At least nine fish to 30 pounds were taken by live-bait anglers fishing off the end of the pier. Mackerel have been schooling around the pier in good numbers, and the trout bite has been good at night. Flounder fishing is good, with a few black drum being landed. A few snook have been caught, along with the odd redfish. The water was 77 degrees at the start of the week, with the water being fairly clear. Oddly, the schools of scaled sardines have not shown up at the pier yet, though there are loads of small pinfish.
Pier 60, (727) 462-6466: Kelli says the trout bite is good at night, but the best news has been that lots of pompano have been landed. Mackerel have been schooling at times during the day, and anglers are reporting taking some decent black sea bass. Whiting are biting shrimp on the bottom, as are flounder. Some sheepshead are being caught.