Anclote Bait and Tackle, (727) 945-1808: Capt. Griff reports that some of the first tarpon of the season are showing up on the beaches and passes, including at Anclote Key. A few fish have been spotted off Howard Park. Snook are beginning to show up on the points at the beaches. Offshore anglers fishing the party boats are taking some fair numbers of hog snapper.
Angler’s Depot, (727) 938-5364: Brown says an angling buddy reported getting into several cobia at Anclote Key, taking fish to 45 pounds. Trout are on the grass flats, with the action at Caladesi Island being pretty good. There also are some trout on the beach, with one angler fishing Honeymoon Island landing a fish about 28 inches. Offshore anglers are fishing hard bottom for kings, finding a few fish, but nothing spectacular.
Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, (727) 942-8944: Don took a red grouper trip over the weekend, and he and partners did well fishing 46 feet of water northwest of Anclote Key. Live sardines and pinfish took the better fish. The north end of Anclote Key has been loaded up with small sharks, so anyone looking for action should set up in the pass and the stretch between the key and north sandbar and chum.
One Stop Bait and Tackle, (727) 842-5610: Joe says the kingfish have been about 15 miles offshore over hard bottom. Work the first hard bottom in about 15 feet of water for schooling mackerel. The grouper diggers have been fishing around 60 feet of water for keeper-sized red grouper. Plenty of fish are still in the creeks and canals, despite the warming water. Reds have been in these backwaters, taking live and artificial baits. The snook are there, as well. Trout have been on the shallow grass flats in good numbers.
The Long Pier, (727) 391-9398: Beach Bob says the bite is on. Anglers are taking a few kings off the end of the pier, with fish to 30 pounds landed over the weekend. Mackerel have been schooling during the day, while trout fishing has been very good after dark. A few slot-sized reds have been landed, along with some drum, a few pompano and flounder. Jacks and blue runners have been abundant. A few snook are being caught. The water was clean and 80 degrees Monday morning.
Pier 60, (727) 462-6466: Kelli says the sea bass are biting well. Good numbers of mackerel are being landed, along with trout at night. One pompano was taken over the last week, but fair numbers of flounder are being landed. Some mangrove snapper are being taken and there are plenty of jacks and blue runners. Anglers are reporting spotting cobia under the pier, though none have been caught.