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Angling is business as usual — at least until The Polar Express passes through


Published:   |   Updated: January 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Anclote Bait and Tackle, (727) 945-1808: Capt. Griff says it's business as usual. Anglers working the canals, creeks and rivers are finding some nice sheepshead. Live and dead shrimp are good baits. The Anclote power plant outfall has been giving up trout, some pompano and jacks. Mackerel had been around on the deeper flats, but it may be getting a little late in the season to count on finding them, particularly after the cold front this week.

Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, (727) 942-8944: Don says anglers fishing pick and white Doc's Goofy Jigs at the Anclote power plant outfall have been scoring some pompano. The outfall and surrounding flats are producing a few trout, as well. Jacks and ladyfish are providing some action there for anglers fishing live and artificial baits. For those looking to tuck in out of the wind and who don't mind making the trip to Tampa Bay, Weedon Island has been hot. Snook, trout, reds, jacks, and ladyfish have been eating up live sardines.

Angler's Depot, (727) 938-5364: The fishing remains pretty much the same as last week. Those fishing the Anclote power plant outfall are connecting with some decent trout. Jacks and ladyfish have been plentiful, if not so desirable compared to the pompano and permit. Hit the creeks and inside the Anclote River for sheepshead and snapper, along with redfish. Docks, rocks and oyster bars are where they are hanging out.

One Stop Bait and Tackle, (727) 842-5610: John says anglers have been working the canals in Gulf Harbors, taking good numbers of mangrove snapper and sheepshead. Both species take live and dead shrimp well. The Anclote power plant outfall is giving up a few pompano and some trout. The flats near the plant have been holding trout, as well, and drifting while fishing live shrimp or jigs is a good way to locate the fish.

The Long Pier, (727) 391-9398: Tom says the mackerel were biting Monday. One angler fishing until the winds picked up limited out. Live shrimp, spoons and jigs are working. The trout bite is fair after dark, with fish hanging under the pier lights at Redington Shores and taking live shrimp either free-lined or under a float. The black drum are around in good numbers, with a few big fish being landed.

Nick Stubbs is founder and webmaster of Bitetracker.com, an interactive fishing website.

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