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Christina Perez
• Thursday, 05 November, 2020
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Weight: Redfish grow fast, some reaching 8 lb. A bull red is a redfish that is at least 27-inches long from snout to tail (fork).

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The best states for catching redfish are along the sandy and shell covered bottoms of coastal areas of Florida and Texas. They are very strong fish at the head and neck and put up a great fight.

This is a big bull redfish over sandy and light grassy bottom in relatively clear water chasing down an artificial shrimp. World Record Size: The biggest redfish ever caught was by Mr. David Duel while fishing mullet along the bottom of a sandbar in Avon, North Carolina on 11/7/1984.

If you live close to one of the coastal areas of the USA or even northern Mexico, you’re going to want to target redfish for a few reasons! Bottom line, there are a handful of fish in the world which are naturally just so delicious they don’t need any spices or extras to make them palatable.

As red drum mature, they gravitate toward rocky or barnacle covered areas like man-made structure: piers, sunken boats, etc. Reds also spend a significant portion of their time just cruising over shell-covered sand.

During May, June, and July the Chesapeake Bay is holding huge numbers of big bunker redfish. The best hours for fishing during these months is after sunset in the shallows and from the beach in the waves.

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Don’t forget, small reds are the best -eating fish, and you’ll find them on the high-tides in the deep marshes of the bayou. For bigger reds, you’ll need to go out a little further at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Best time of the year is late fall before December, and of course May to June when the winds have calmed down considerably. There is a massive protected area called “Laguna Made y Delta Del Rio Bravo” on the northern coast which is a fantastic reds spot.

My bait was gone at the end of the day, and he put his lures in his tackle-box to use the next time. I, of course, couldn’t accept that, so started experimenting with different artificial lures.

Casting artificial soft (rubber) jigs, spoons, and sometimes top-water plugs can produce redfish. Crabs are probably the favorite food of redfish because though they’re a little hard, they have the mouth and jaws for crushing it and extracting the soft parts.

The longer the leader away from your sinker, the more your shrimp can float around naturally, hopefully bouncing on the bottom and teasing the redfish into striking. Currents pull bait down into these pockets where big reds wait to choose what they eat.

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Mullet or big pinkish (Lagoon rhomboids) are great baits for huge redfish. A popping cork rig can be deadly from a boat near a school of redfish.

Rod and reel anglers from a boat will want a 7-foot medium or medium-heavy rod paired with a quality saltwater reel capable of spooling 175 yards of 12-20 pound test. Not to mention, these reels are ideal for catching any fish in the 1-40 lb.

These are great reels for redfish, speckled trout, small grouper, cobra, flounder, shook, bluefish, and other fish found close to shore like sleepyhead. The spinning reels can succumb to any number of problems with their exposed internals and a wide line guide that seems to get caught on everything.

The best hooks for redfish depends on whether you’re using live or artificial baits and what they are. They are ultra-sharp and strong, and I’ve not used anything else for about 20 years since they first started making them (or at least introduced them in the states).

Take a piece of 30-pound monofilament leader (clear line) about 1 yard long. Popping Cork with DOA Shrimp (artificial lure).

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You just get a popping cork and add it 2 feet from your artificial DOA shrimp. Add some beads to it to make some more noise when you twitch your rod tip.

President George Bush made a law designating the redfish a protected species, with full-protection from commercial fishing. I’m not sure if restaurant owners can catch it themselves and sell it in a meal, but I’ve never seen redfish on a menu in Florida.

The laws governing size restrictions and bag limits for licensed fishermen (fisher women) have been varied over the years, to make provide the best protection possible for red drum populations. Eating redfish is one of the great pleasures I’ve had in life.

Being single meant I stuck to the tried and true and didn’t experiment with different ways to cook the various fish I loved to eat. First, before you get in the house, spray or rinse the redfish real good to get any sand or other gunk off the fish.

Lucky for people that love to fish for striped bass you can catch them day or night. When these fish are running it is honestly hard to find time to sleep.

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Striped bass are found in the nearshore waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. They are in Virginia and Maryland in the wintertime and migrate North of New Jersey in the Summer.

There are also striped bass in the San Francisco Bay Area in California in the spring. When striped bass are migrating in the spring and fall the beaches are lined with fishermen, the boat ramps are busy and it is game on for fishing.

When fishing for striped bass it is also common to catch bluefish, weakfish, and fluke. A clear plastic storage tube comes with the rig which is extremely helpful.

This rig has 6 arms and a center stinger with a strong monofilament leader which has a 30-inch length. Trolling two of these at different depths is a great way to fish for striped bass.

When trolling umbrella rigs it’s almost hard not to catch striped bass. When the stripper in season there are typically lots of boats fishing in a general area off the beach.

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If you troll umbrella rigs in that area you should catch some striped bass. This Blue Water Candy is a four-arm umbrella rig with a center stinger swim shad.

Blue Water candy also makes a Striperbrella with skirts over the swim shad. There are also tube umbrella rigs that work well when bass are feeding on sand eels.

The most consistent way I know to catch striped bass is to troll with umbrella rigs. It is a good idea to buy extra shad bodies because the bluefish tend to tear them up.

A 16-32 ounce pencil trolling weight can be clipped on to the front of the umbrella rig. Be careful with the amount of line let out as this controls the depth of the umbrella rig.

I caught a huge fluke while trolling for striped bass which meant the rig was really close to the bottom! The video below shows how to catch striped bass using umbrella rigs.

The Tsunami swim shad is a versatile bait for striped bass fishing. Features include 3D eyes, durable soft-vinyl body, Mustard hooks, and ultra-realistic foil core.

Color options are purple haze clear, pearl spot, sea trout, white, chartreuse, mullet black back, limetruse, redfish, blue back, and golden bunker with spots. On bright days and clear water white and chartreuse are good colors.

In low light or stained water the mullet black back is a good option. Matching the size jig with the bait fish the bass are eating is also important.

These are great jigs by themselves but this setup comes as a tandem rig so that two baits can be fished on a single pole. Blue Water Candy also make a daisy chain swim bait lure setup with three shad bodies in front of a 12-ounce mojo jig.

I think this 12-ounce Mojo daisy chain is one of the ultimate striped bass lures. The Obama Fishing tackle Savage Gear Real Eel comes rigged with a top J-hook and a treble hook on the bottom of the jig.

This jig is heavy enough to slowly go deep and large enough to get the attention of any stripper the sees the bait. I have had luck at the pier with jigs, bunker, clams, and bombers but never thought to try live eels.

Every trip is a little different so it is good if you can figure out what the bass are feeding on that day. Sometimes it is blood worms other times it is little shrimp, sand eels, or spearing minnows.

The Bomber Jig-N-Eel is a popular jig made specifically for striped bass. Features of the jig include 3D eyes, holographic finish, and super-sharp Gamakatsu hooks.

The Tony Mali Bunker Spoons are used when trolling for striped bass. These spoons have a gentle weaving action that imitates an injured bait fish.

The single hook on the lure is a nice feature as many striped bass that are caught are released. The Long A Magnum Bomber is a 7 inch 1.5-ounce plug that is great for surf fishing or trolling.

The lure pictured is the classic school bus Bomber color patterned that is very popular among surf fishing anglers. Color options include baby bluefish, baby bunker, black, blue mackerel, bone, chartreuse herring, green mackerel, menhaden, mother-of-pearl, pearl yellow, and silver mullet.

The black Bomber is a great color to use for nighttime or low light fishing conditions. The Cotton Cordell pencil popper is another classic striped bass lure.

Below is s video of anglers surf fishing with top water lures for striped bass in Montauk New York. The Tsunami Talking Pencil Popper is a large top water bait.

Color options are striped pearl, bone, smokey Joe, clear ghost, bunker, silver-green, and green mackerel. This is a great lure for surf fishing as its heavyweight allows it to be cast a far distance from shore.

This lure has a rattle and front nose scoop that makes a popping sound. This lure is great for surf fishing when small and medium-sized striped bass are swimming through and breaking on bait.

Color options are pearl chartreuse, pearl red -head, sardine, mullet, green mackerel, ghost black, candy, bone, bronze, and bronze shiner. Features of this lure include 3X treble hooks, ABS resin material, through-wire constriction, and a patented weight transfer system.

This is not a top water bait but runs a shallow 3-4 feet depth during the retrieve. Color options are bunker, fire tiger gold, florescent, green mackerel, hold Greene, and natural golden shiner.

This is a slow sinking lure that can be twitched or retrieved with a subsurface walk the dog style. The Deadly Dick is a spoon-like lure that is commonly used for striped bass and bluefish.

The lure is a good imitation of sand eels, squid, and spearing. Having a small and large version of the lure can come in handy depending on the fishing conditions.

The video below is of anglers surf fishing for stripes in New Jersey in the fall. Sand eels are around and Deadly Dicks and Postmaster spoons with tube tails are the lures of choice.

The Postmaster is similar to a spoon and works well for striped bass and bluefish. There are over 30 color patters available for this lure with chrome, chrome-neon blue, and chrome-neon green being the most common to use for striped bass.

This listing is for a factory rigged lure with double hooks connected with a 50-pound Dacron line. These can be fished down deep on a jig or cast weightless in shallow water with a slow retrieve while twitching the bait.

The Tsunami holographic sand eel is a great jig for striped bass. These baits work well for catching most types of fish including striped bass.

Typically, it is good to have the heavy jig sizes to get down near the bottom where sand eels are commonly found. The curly tail provides good flutter on a jig and on a teaser.

Key features of the jig include a black nickel chemically sharpened hook, 3D eyes, and chip-resistant paint. A half-ounce jig with a 4-inch body is a good combination to fish in water less than 20 feet deep.

The Berkley Power bait Power Minnow is a small scented jig. This is a good bait to use at night for small striped bass or during the day when there are spearing and silver sides in the water.

If the striped bass are feeding on small minnows it is typically best to match the hatch. A light tackle setup with 20 pounds braided and a fluorocarbon leader is best for these jigs.

If you see spearing in the water open the spool and try and get the bait deep where the fish are located. The Storm 260GT Search Bait Minnow is a slender jig with a paddle tail.

Color options are chartreuse, blue, gaga, herring, hot olive, pearl, smelt, smoking ghost, and volunteer. The extra bodes are handy if bluefish are around which frequently tear up soft plastic baits.

Color options are motor oil, camouflage, natural, new penny, white, and bloody. If you can get live blood worms they make great baits and if not this is good alternative.

All the lures above work great but if I had my choice I would pick a live bunker. Sometimes the bunker is so thick you can walk across them and it is easy to net or snag fresh bait.

Finding a school of bunker that is being chased by predator fish is ideal. When bigger striped bass are around in the spring a 10/0 size hook is a good idea.

If the pole is set up with a braided line a fluorocarbon leader is needed. If you do not know how to tie two lines together a barrel or cane swivel works to attach the leader.

Typical fresh baits for striped bass include chunks of bunker, clams, blood worms, herring, mackerel, and eels. These have different levels of success depending on what the bass are feeding on in the area and the time of year.

As mentioned above there are two ways to catch bunker which are a snagging rig or a cast net. If you let the bunker sink after snagging it there is a good chance a striped bass or bluefish will take the bait.

Below I show a video catching bait with my dad and friend Ryan. One important thing to mention is that any fish used as cut bait should have the scales removed first.

My friend and I were fishing from a pier and kept having bass run and then spit the hook when using a cut piece of bunker. If it is not scaled they will not clamp down hard to eat the bait and may spit it out of their mouth.

If it is already scaled there is a better chance the fish will bite down and the circle hook will properly secure in the corner of the mouth. Striped Bass Bait runner Fishing Reels Bait runner spinning reels are typically used with striped bass so that poles can be left in holders while waiting for a fish to bite.

The fish can always release the bait if it realizes something is wrong before tension is added. It is important to have different size sinkers to be able to adjust the weight based on the current and preferred casting distance.

AFW mighty crane swivels can be used to attach the rig to the mainline. An 8/0 circle hook is perfect for your average size striped bass.

If too much additional line is let out the bait might get tangled and it can be difficult to set the hook when a fish bites. When fishing on the bottom for striped bass it is also common to catch fluke.

DOA Shrimp baits are known for catching all types of saltwater fish. The bait works well when fishing around rocky ledges, piers, bottom structure, or floating debris.

There are 2 deceivers, 2 closer deep minnows, 2 Paloma crabs, 2 handyman, and 2 shrimp flies. Many anglers think of striped bass as predators that only eat bunker, eels, and clams.

If striped bass are feeding on grass shrimp on small minnows a fly can actually be the most productive bait. I noticed the bass were feeding on very small shrimp near a light and were not interested in any plugs or jigs that I was using.

When I got home I hand tied two flies which caught the striped bass in the picture. Above the barrel swivel is a slider that has a clip for a pyramid lead weight.

Bait such as clams, fresh bunker, eels, or blood worms are placed onto the hook. The rig is cast out far from shore and then anglers wait for the striped bass to find the bait.

It is common to run two umbrella rigs at different depths behind the boat. Typically, troll speeds for striped bass is between 2 and 3.5 miles per hour.

If the boat is traveling into the current a slow 2 mph trolls is good speed. When traveling with current the boat ground speed will need to be faster.

Bunker spoons are also a very popular way to troll for striped bass. When anchoring up and fishing with clams and bunker the motion of a jig near the bottom can be beneficial.

Swim jigs work well in shallow water as they can be cast and retrieved like a lure or allow to slowly flutter all the way to the bottom. Eel jigs can be very effective around rocky jetties and fishing piers.

Why only have one swim shad when you can have 2-4 bodies to help attract the attention of nearby fish. Casting plugs, spoons, and jigs along the edges of the bunker school is one option.

A snagging rig can be used to hook a bunker, then open the bail and let it sink to the bottom. A great time to fish a pier or bridge is at night if there are lights that shine into the water.

If you see bass or surface activity Bomber plugs are great to use. Using bunker on a surf rig is a good way to catch striped bass near the bottom.

From a boat, bridges pilings can also be fished with live eels and heavy jigs. The bass migrate in the spring from the water around Virginia north to Massachusetts and Maine.

For states like Maryland, New Jersey, and New York this is a great time to go fishing for striped bass. In Maryland, it is common to use bait and jigs for striped bass in the spring.

Further north in Massachusetts and Maine the striped bass are feeding on herring and mackerel. All the typical baits and lures work for fall striped bass fishing.

The striped bass are migrating in the fall from the northern waters of Maine and Massachusetts down to Virginia for the winter. There are some smaller resident striped bass they stay along the rocky shores of Maryland, New Jersey, and New York year-round.

Bridges, piers, jetties, inlets, and rocky shores are all great places to fish for striped bass. Striped bass can be caught in the river using jigs, plugs, baits such as live herring, cut bunker, sand worms, and blood worms placed near the bottom.

The best baits include bunker, herring, mackerel, eels, clams, blood worms, and sand worms. Striped bass feed on other baits such as sand eels, spearing, silver sides, crabs, and grass shrimp that can be imitated with many types of lures.

At times striped bass feed aggressively and will bite any common bait. There are over 130 different types of rock fish that are found in the northeast Pacific Ocean.

It is common to use umbrella rigs, jigs, surface plugs, and live bait. My favorite lure to catch striped bass at night is a black Bomber.

If live bait can be caught a bait fish on a float is another great choice. I have also caught striped bass on small flies and blood worms at nighttime.

If you can find lights shining into the water that is a great place to fish. The best color lure for striped bass depends on the fishing conditions.

For swim jigs, white, chartreuse, and bunker imitation baits work well. For shallow running plugs black is a great choice at night.

Atlantic striped bass have long lifespans and can live up to 30 years. A striped bass that is 35 inches long is likely 10 years of age or older.

For this reason, it is important not to keep to many large fish which could reduce striped bass numbers in future years. Captain Cody has worked on charter fishing boats in the Florida Keys, Virgin Islands, and Alaska.

Fishing line that is extruded in a single continuous filament and left untwisted is called monofilament. Mono filament is also available in special colors to improve visibility above the water while keeping it invisible for the fish.

It should roughly match the weight of the species you are fishing for (e.g. use line in the 30-pound test for tuna in the 30-pound range). Nylon, the oldest and most common of the synthetic fibers for fishing line, is made from linear polyamides and offers a good compromise between strength, stretch and abrasion resistance.

Dacron, developed by DuPont in the late 1950s, is based on a long-chain polyester and represents a step up from Nylon in strength, flexibility and low stretch. Spectra and Cinema are two modern brand names for ultra-strong polyethylene fiber that is used in high-tech fishing line.

We recommend Spectra/Cinema for higher tensile strength at smaller diameters, which reduces the weight of the tackle and increases the amount of line that fits onto the spool (e.g. 130-pound Spectra test has the same diameter as conventional 30-pound test Nylon line). Spectra/Cinema also offers better abrasion resistance, which prevents loss of bait or lure when fishing near obstacles or near the bottom where line snags or chafes against sharp objects.

However, in certain instances, some line stretch is desirable, (e.g. when trolling) because it can act like a shock absorber and make the difference between setting the hook in a soft-mouthed fish such as salmon or ripping it out. Lines with no memory stay straight when they come off the spool, and as a result develop less friction on guides and reels, which enables longer, smoother casts.

A line's shock resistance withstands breakage when fish hit at high speeds especially during trolling. For example, if you fish for fast-swimming Dorado in the 20-pound range, use 30-pound test so your line has enough strength and shock resistance (in this case approx.

For a well-balanced tackle that is functional and comfortable to use, we recommend matching the line class to rod and reel. Make sure the line's test matches the average weight of the targeted species, is capable of absorbing shock loads when the fish hits, and has enough strength in the knot areas.

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If possible, protection of hybrid hammock habitat through land acquisition or conservation easements is highly encouraged. Ground cover is dense at early stages but slowly declines when shaded out as pines age and canopies close.

Other listed wildlife species which use tree farms include: gopher tortoise, eastern indigo snake, southeastern American kestrel, and gray bat. Ground cover vegetation is often absent under the dense canopy and is replaced by a thick layer of leaves that retains moisture.

This habitat may represent either areas of natural pin elands into which hardwoods have invaded because of fire suppression, or floodplain forest and other hardwood-dominated systems into which pines have invaded due to drainage and altered hydrology. For more information, visit the mixed hardwood-pine forest habitat profile. Natural Vineland This fire adapted habitat type includes music (moderately drained), hybrid (wet) and scrubby flat woods, and upland pine forests depending on soils, terrain, and level of flooding.

Understory species include saw palmetto, gall berry, wax myrtle, and a variety of grasses and herbs. Threats specific to natural pin elands include activities that result in fragmentation and loss of habitat or significantly impact the ability to use prescribed fire to manage areas of Vineland habitats to reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires and to benefit wildlife.

Activities such as siting of utility corridors and sensitive energy facilities, alignment of transportation corridors, and placement of residential and commercial developments can be planned in a manner that avoids or minimizes interference with fire management on public and private natural pin elands. The understory consists of saw palmetto, locust berry, willow rustic, beauty berry, broom grasses, silver palms, and various herbaceous plants.

Numerous listed species use this rare habitat, including Florida bonneted bat, Big Cypress fox squirrel, key deer, Lower Keys cotton rat, southeastern American kestrel, red blockaded woodpecker, Florida Keys moles kink, eastern indigo snake, rim rock crowned snake, gopher tortoise, and Miami tiger beetle. This community is globally imperiled and endangered primarily from conversion and fragmentation due to housing, commercial, and industrial development, and has been identified as one of Florida’s habitats under the greatest overall threat.

Other specific stresses to this habitat are altered fire regime and impacts from adjacent development such as the introduction of contaminants, fertilizer, and invasive species from landscape maintenance. The implementation of effective education programs and incentives for homeowners, maintenance companies, and municipalities can help reduce development impacts on pine docklands within neighboring conservation areas.

Sandhill This habitat occurs along gently rolling terrain with well-drained sandy soils of north and central Florida’s uplands. Sandhill can be invaded by hardwood trees if it is not managed by natural or prescribed fires or mowing.

Threats to sandhill habitats include conversion to other land covers and infrequent fire regimes. The presence of urban areas and structures near sandhill habitat makes it more difficult to manage with prescribed burning.

Design and planning professionals can work with local, state and federal organizations to identify methods and incentives to minimize impacts to critical habitats/corridors and land management. Scrub This dry, desert-like habitat occurs on deep sandy soils both on relict dunes in coastal and inland areas.

In Florida, scrub is distributed in long, narrow, ridges parallel to coastlines and is scarce or absent from lower elevation limestone-dominated flat landscapes of the state. Scrub vegetation community mainly consists of evergreen shrubs and small trees and can have a sand pine over story.

Many rare and listed species of plants and animals unique to this Florida habitat type are referred to as endemics and include scrub holly, India oak, pygmy fringe tree, scrub plum, Florida scrub-jays, and numerous invertebrates. Shrub swamp is habitat for Florida black bears, tree frogs, migratory birds, and salamanders.

Threats to this habitat can include invasive animals and plants or surface and groundwater withdrawal. Caves support unique and irreplaceable species with adaptations that may be sensitive to small increases in levels of contaminants, air temperature, or food webs.

The endemic and listed wildlife species, such as gray bats, that live in terrestrial caves are at high risk from stresses of development, incompatible recreational uses, and resource extraction. Incentive programs such as liability limitations and cost-sharing can be implemented to secure cave entrances with bat-friendly gating, or to avoid impacts to sensitive habitats from development and mining.

Plant species include strangler fig, gumbo limbo, mastic, rustic, lance wood, ironwood, poisonwood, pigeon plum, Jamaica dogwood, and Bahama lymphoma. Feral or pet cats and non-native rats have been specifically identified as threatening rare and listed wildlife species in this habitat.

Because household garbage can attract and elevate populations of exotic and native predators of rare and listed wildlife, improved handling of garbage and other non-native wildlife attractants can be extremely beneficial in areas adjacent to this habitat. Wildlife either persists in remnant habitats or is attracted to urban and developed areas because of food sources, shelter, less competition, or threats from predators.

Aquatic caves develop in areas of kart topography as water moves through underlying limestone, dissolving it and creating fissures and caverns. Organisms inhabiting aquatic caves are dependent on detritus inputs from areas that are connected to the surface.

Most calcareous streams are clear and cool or are stained a tea color by tannins leached from vegetation in adjacent habitats. Submerged plants are frequently dense, and can include tape grass, wild rice, and giant cut grass.

Listed wildlife that live in and around calcareous stream habitat include: gray bat, West Indian manatee, little blue heron, Barbour's map turtle, alligator snapping turtle, short nose sturgeon, Gulf sturgeon, and mussels. Calcareous stream-specific threats are due to water quality issues caused primarily by excessive nutrient inputs and invasive plant species.

Nutrients from stormwater runoff, agricultural fertilizers, and septic systems change the aquatic vegetation environment with blooms of algae and nuisance plants and decline of beneficial native species. Methods to control invasive aquatic plants are more difficult in these open, flowing systems than enclosed lakes and basins.

Other conservation measures that benefit calcareous streams and other water bodies include development density transfers, nutrient reduction through basin management action plans, and preservation of shoreline vegetation through setbacks. In north Florida, the Panama City crayfish (a burrowing species once found in seasonally wet pine flat woods in a small area of Bay County) now almost exclusively relies on shallow roadsides wales and ditches because natural flat woods in this area have been converted to other land uses.

Additional listed fish and wildlife species found in canal/ditch habitat include: Florida bonneted bat, wood stork, little blue heron, tricolored heron, roseate spoonbill, the least tern, American crocodile, Atlantic salt marsh snake, and small tooth saw fish. For example, canal maintenance can be scheduled outside the breeding or feeding times critical for the species.

Aquatic vegetation species found here include spatter dock, duckweed, American lotus, and water hyssop. Some listed species in large alluvial stream habitat include: gray bat, Barbour's map turtle, black mouth shiner, crystal darter, small tooth saw fish, and numerous mussels.

Upstream dams and water withdrawals pose a serious source of stress to the alluvial stream habitat and its associated fish and wildlife species. States and local governments can prevent or reduce the loss of this habitat by coordinating Interstate Action Plans when changing dam operations in shared basins.

Many of the threats to this habitat stem directly or indirectly from lakefront development which is ubiquitous on natural lakes throughout Florida. Agricultural best management practices for water quality and conservation designs for residential development can reduce the overall impacts to natural lakes.

Finally, there are market-based incentives to compensate private landowners for the environmental services their lands provide to the state through management that increases water storage and nutrient reduction. Reservoirs and managed lakes often support listed species which include: Florida bonneted bat, West Indian manatee, wading birds, Everglade snail kite, the least tern, and Barbour’s map turtle.

At the same time, reservoirs, especially in stream impoundment, can be barriers to fish and wildlife movement, alter hydrology, and create other stresses to river and stream habitats. Private landowners and homeowners living on these areas can be supplied with educational information on how to minimize runoff of chemicals and toxins into wetlands and aquatic systems.

For more information, see FCC’s Guidelines for designing and managing Florida ponds for recreation, or visit the reservoir/managed lake habitat profile. Seepage and steep head streams are biologically diverse habitats that may be bordered by clumps of green algae, mosses, ferns, and liverworts and are associated with hardwood swamps.

Seepage slopes and bogs are a variation of this habitat with an open tree canopy that does not have regular stream flows and are dominated by grasses and carnivorous plants. Seepage slopes and bogs suffer from inadequate fire, often leading to succession of associated herbaceous communities to hardwood swamp wetlands.

Incentive programs that encourage a buffer zone between new development and river, stream or floodplain edges can be implemented to assist in the protection of this habitat and its associated wildlife. Market-based incentives to compensate private landowners for the implementation of projects and practices that increase water storage and nutrient reduction within the watershed can help improve soft water streams.

Plant species that occur here include tape grass, wild rice, giant cut grass, and aquatic algae. Additionally, ever-increasing withdrawals of groundwater in areas of central and north Florida continues to alter the hydrology of these systems.

Worm reefs provide Refugio for juvenile coastal fish and invertebrate species and support listed species that include: loggerhead sea turtle, Gulf sturgeon, Atlantic sturgeon, West Indian manatee, and Nassau grouper. Some primary threats to these habitats include: channel modification/shipping lanes, climate variability, coastal development, and fishing gear impacts.

Hardened shorelines result from construction of breakwaters, piers, and docks from rock or concrete for coastal protection or access. Some fish and wildlife species associated with this habitat include: West Indian manatee, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, small tooth saw fish, and Nassau grouper.

In Florida, oyster beds are restricted to bays and sounds where salinity concentrations range from 15 to 30 parts per thousand. Oyster beds serve as nurseries, Refugio, and foraging areas for many marine, avian, and terrestrial species.

Some listed fish and wildlife species which utilize this habitat include: American oyster catcher, RFA red knot, and Gulf sturgeon. Government agencies and landowners can work together to create incentives to maintain buffers around coastal areas and promote the implementation of conservation easements.

Tidal fluctuations mix saltwater with freshwater, alter water elevations and salinizes, and change the composition of plants and animals in the natural community. Some listed fish and wildlife species which utilize this habitat include: West Indian manatee, wood stork, roseate spoonbill, the least tern, short nose sturgeon, salt marsh top minnow, and Atlantic salt marsh snake.

Some significant threats to these habitats include: channel modification, freshwater withdraws, chemicals and toxins, and nutrient pollution. Listed fish and wildlife species found in highly productive coral reef habitat include: green sea turtle, Nassau grouper, and giant manta ray.

Known threats to this habitat are climate variability, inadequate stormwater management, coastal construction, nutrient loading, coral diseases, impacts from boating and fishing, and turbidity and sedimentation related to channel dredging and beach nourishment. Promoting ecological awareness of the values of threats to this habitat and the application of water quality BMPs in urban and agriculture development upstream can be beneficial in reducing chemical and nutrient loading in coral reef waters.

Hard Bottom This habitat consists of algae, sponges, octocorals, and stony corals found along the subtidal, intertidal, and supra tidal areas of Florida’s coasts. Threats to hard bottom habitats are associated with beach nourishment activities, damage from ship and boat groundings, cumulative impacts from anchors of all size vessels, alteration of species composition, and parasites/pathogens.

Coastal inlets tend to be hot spots of biodiversity and are critical in the life cycle of many fish and invertebrate species. Listed fish and wildlife species present in this habitat include: American crocodile, little blue heron, West Indian manatee, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, American oyster catcher, the least tern, Atlantic salt marsh water snake, sea turtles, Atlantic sturgeon, and Gulf sturgeon.

The listed fish and wildlife species which use mangrove habitat include: Florida bonneted bat, Everglades mink, Key deer, wood stork, tricolored heron, roseate spoonbill, reddish egret, American crocodile, and Atlantic salt marsh water snake. Habitat-specific threats to mangrove swamp include reduction in freshwater flows from dam operations, lack of tidal fluctuation caused by mosquito impoundment, loss of mangroves from inappropriate pruning by coastal property owners, and coastal development.

Property owners and associations can require landscape managers to participate in continuing education credits for proper mangrove trimming and herbicide/fertilizer application. Listed fish and wildlife species of salt marshes include: Lower Keys marsh rabbit, West Indian manatee, roseate spoonbill, American oyster catcher, RFA red knot, the least tern, Scott's seaside sparrow, Weibull seaside sparrow, American crocodile, Atlantic salt marsh water snake, and salt marsh top minnow.

Two major stresses to salt marsh and associated species are from rapid sea level variation and coastal development. Significant reductions in nutrient loading can be realized through low-maintenance landscaping and implementing BMPs for chemical/herbicide/fertilizer application.

Coastal communities can consider planning tools and financial incentives to reduce development impacts through density transfers or payment for ecosystem services. Additionally, targeted restoration projects to remediate damage to salt marshes provide secondary benefits for coastal storm protection and sea level rise resiliency.

Some listed fish and wildlife species which depend on seagrass beds for their survival include: West Indian manatee and Gulf Sturgeon. Conservation measures described for other marine and estuaries habitats and education campaigns on environmental and boating regulations can benefit seagrass.

Sub tidal Unconsolidated Marine/Estuary Sediment This habitat consists of areas with little to no seagrass within bays, lagoons, other coastal waters, and offshore. This habitat is an important foraging area for many shorebirds and seabirds, invertebrates, and bottom feeding fish.

Some listed fish and wildlife species found in this habitat include: wading birds, American crocodile, sea turtles, and sturgeon. Habitat-specific threats to subtidal unconsolidated marine/estuary sediment are boating impacts, solid waste, and thermal pollution, which also affect several other marine and estuaries habitats.

They aren’t picky in terms of what they are eating, so anglers heading out shouldn’t have a problem loading up. Structure is holding the typical Snapper and Sleepyhead up to 15 miles out.

The bottom bite is producing Grouper (don’t forget to check your Pro Angler App for updated regulations) and Snapper beginning in 30 feet of water. Searching the causeway and trolling live bait has been the ticket to hook Kings up to 20 pounds out of Clearwater.

The Shook action has been hit-and-miss, they really fire up but then as quickly as they start it ends. Reds can be found chasing bait around mouths of rivers and particularly in Longboat taking Shrimp.

Sleepyhead and Drum have been caught on structure taking Fiddler Crabs or Shrimp on a knocker rig. On the bottom, the Grouper and Snapper are doing extremely well, although keep in mind what regulations are in place for them.

Grouper can be targeted with Shrimp or Squid while Snapper prefer Sardines or Whitebait while chumming heavy. AJS are providing a great catch and release bite for anglers out for some fun.

Slot Reds are loving areas such as Terra Can or around spoil islands. If you can find a weather window to head farther offshore the Tuna bite is turning on.

Black fin can be found roughly 30 miles out of Sarasota while if we look to St. Petersburg the Yellow fin are active farther on the long range overnight trips. A few of them can be caught mixed in with offshore Tuna however most of them are more towards the shipping channel areas chasing live bait.

Of course, Cobra aren’t far behind as they are even closer holding up on nearshore wrecks and reefs. Grouper and Dogfish are consistently turning up while specifically targeting them, especially in the Clearwater area.

Bluefish, Lady fish and Jacks have been a common by catch out of the Sarasota area. They are especially moving well down the river with Shook near Clearwater and caught or the oyster bars up in Homosassa.

Redfish have been a little sporadic to the south, they improve around the west side of Tampa on Greenbacks or cut bait such as Pinkish. Pompano anglers have been finding most of their action coming from sandbars in Tampa Bay while throwing jigs.

There has been a lot of King fish around St. Petersburg, we expect this to pick up as the warmer weather comes. The Redfish are still a bit scattered at this point but if you put some time in anglers should be able to find a few decent fish.

Black fin Tuna are holding up in the deeper Springs this week and can be caught trolling with artificial. A bit closer in we are finding a productive bite of Snapper, Dogfish and Grunts.

The numbers were great prior to the recent weather, and we expect they should pick back up. When anglers can make it farther offshore the bite of Vermilion and Yellowtail Snapper are putting up a good fight.

Inshore anglers targeting Redfish have had the most success off of docks in the rivers, oyster beds throughout intracoastal waterways. The flats around New Port Richey as well as up near Homosassa will provide anglers with a decent Redfish bite on cut bait and Pinkish.

It’s worth making the trip to Sarasota as the Skyway bridge has been offering up some Cobra. From 7-15 miles, anglers in this region can expect to find Dogfish as well as some small Grouper and Snapper.

The water was clear and beautiful and seas calm allowing us to catch plenty of big Dogfish on live Shrimp. The nearshore pelagic don’t seem to be around now, but Tuna (Tuna, Black fin) are pushing shallower with cooling waters and spring is around the corner when the Kings (Mackerel, King) will return to our near shore waters.

The recent 12-hour extreme aboard the Flying HUB 2 limited out on Amberjack, so they are biting well to the say the least. We are still catching and keeping plenty, but we have to play the game where we go deep for Jacks then come inshore and get the Regrouped.

They are being caught on the tail end of the outgoing or incoming tides mostly on live Shrimp. During the day you can find them on the shallower flats but when the water is cool you got to remember to work your baits slowly.

These fish seem to thrive in that muddy, chilled, and turbulent water as it flows in or out of the passes. Cut Oysters are still our favorite bait, but barnacles, fiddlers and small pieces of Shrimp work too for the Sheep.

For the big Drum, our favorite bait is a small Crab and often dead seem to work best sitting still and stinking on the bottom. The Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) action is still focused at night along the dock lights or streetlights of the bridge and the live Shrimp are the best bait choice there unless you like to throw artificial then it’s a DOA Shrimp or Mirror Lure mirror dean.

Shook (Shook, Common) are a little more sporadic due to the dirtier than normal water but Christian Pic con found some using his Glad Snooker Jigs or WSJ’s that are basically a modified large buck tail lure bounced along the bottom. These cold fronts get the fish excited as they sweep down and across the gulf but once through the wind, waves, and temps all go nuts.

The fishing will not recover till the chocolate milk colored water dissipates, hopefully early or mid-week next week! We haven’t been offshore since our 39-hour last weekend since the Flying HUB 2 is out of the water getting new jack plates, bottom paint and more adjustments.

It was a little bumpy ahead of that super strong front, but we beat most of the weather and still caught a nice pile of fish. Even the beginning 39-hour anglers had a great catch with Tuna (Tuna, Black fin), Regrouped (Grouper, Red), King fish (Mackerel, King), Mangroves, Vermilion, Yellowtail, and some big Amber jack.

They really are loving the long fluorocarbon top shots with the lightest possible weights allowing the live shrimp to flutter to the bottom looking natural and enticing. The Regrouped (Grouper, Red) bite has finally improved a bit last Sunday’s ten hour all day with captain Bobby had a huge pile of nice fat Regrouped in the 90-110 foot range and hopefully today’s all day will be similar as the front approaches all the fish should be more excited and aggressive.

Well this past weekend’s 44-hour full moon trip was the best fishing we have seen in months maybe even years. We caught one of every species in the gulf it seemed and tons of the Grouper, Snapper (Snapper, Gray), Amber jack (Jack, Amber jack Greater), Tuna (Tuna, Black fin) and King fish (Mackerel, King).

The King fish seem to be hanging around the deeper offshore waters despite the dip in temperatures. Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) are active where they can stay warm especially around the dock lights at night, find and underwater light and let your lure sink a little deeper than you would in the summer and remember to move it slower as water has the fish a little slower.

However, deep around that warm light you will find you some willing participants ready to take a bit of your bait. Nearshore we had a lull in the King fish (Mackerel, King) there at the end of last week and early this week but lately they have picked up quite a bit it seems as some water pockets of water are being found between 7-12 miles.

Our first trip out of the yard smashed the fish, tons of big Gags, Regrouped, Scamp (Grouper, Gag & Grouper, Scamp & Grouper, Red), Mangroves, Yellowtail (Snapper, Gray & Snapper, Yellowtail & Snapper, Vermilion), Tuna (Tuna, Black fin), King fish (Mackerel, King), Vermilion and more! King fish action around the middle grounds and elbow is outstanding right now they were even hitting dead Sardines being dropped or reeled up by guys using Grouper rigs.

They love ambushing live shrimp and small whitebait weighted to the bottom. Personally, my favorite artificial lure for them is a DOA shrimp dragged slowly along the bottom with the occasional twitch.

The Dogfish bite is steady right now, and we’re seeing nice ones being caught on live Shrimp and light tackle. The red grouper bite has slowed a bit mainly due to weather not allowing us to go out deep enough to target them, but the cold front approaching this weekend should stir up the waters and bring the bigger gag grouper closer into shore.

Redfish (Drum, Red) bite is going well in the back bays along the oyster bars and deeper flats, our inshore private charter this past week with Mr. Dimitri and his son did very well on Shook, Redfish and Trout inshore. The white bait is very active inside the passes and along the beaches being followed by the Trout, Shook and Mackerel.

As the water continues to cool remember to start working your lures more slowly as the fish become more and more lethargic due to the cooler temps. On the Mrs. HUB, Captain Mark had a 5 hour half day, and they wanted to troll.

Just outside the bridge we put out the spread and within around 3 hours they had a full mackerel limit for 5 guests plus some beautiful King fish as well caught on bigger papal x-rap magnum 30s. Plus, the Dogfish bite is going very well again in 30-70 foot along hard bottom rock piles or ledges.

Again, long floor top shots, the lightest weights possible and around a 4ot hook is what we recommend for those pick non-aggressive hogs. Regrouped (Grouper, Red) bite has picked up as well as they are starting to prepare for their offshore push.

Brandon Kurtz and his buddy Joey Millet were also fishing the North Jetty of John’s Pass this week using live white bait. Justin Lineman, from Seminole, caught a nice nearly 30lb King from the Remington long pier using a Lady fish for bait.

They were all school sized Kings but now we’re seeing the bigger 20-40lb models show up just in time for tournament season. Dogfish bite has been very good this past week today’s all day trip brought in some monster 3 and 5lb Dogfish biting on live Shrimp the largest was even randomly caught on a squid cube.

The East winds have allowed us to fish nearshore but it’s been more than 3-5 or 4-6 foot this entire week offshore beyond 30-40 miles. Due to this our last long range trip was at the end of last week before the storm but the fishing was great showing us big Gag Grouper, monster fat Regrouped, plentiful Scamp, steady big Mangroves (Snapper, Gray) and the occasionally Yellowtail (Snapper, Yellowtail) with big King fish biting at our flat lines.

Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) still very active on the lights inside the pass and on the deeper water flats. Also, the storm will make the water a little dirty due to high winds causing large waves.

King fish most popular catch lately on our offshore trips and most of them on the flat lines since we have been taking the super-fast Flying HUB 2 instead of the party boat that allows plenty of trolling time. They are present around the large schools of bait and are loving the 7/8 ounce gotcha plugs and casting spoons.

We recommend a faster retrieval with the occasional pause and twitch and at least a 20-30lb Floor leader. Shook (Shook, Common) are still present inside the passes and along the beaches blasting finger Mullet and the larger Whitebait our favorite live bait is a Piggish and the lure that’s been working great is the spooled 4 or 6 inch lures we now carry at Hubbard’s Marina.

King fish (Mackerel, King)) are starting to show up in the nearshore waters and it won’t be too much longer until they are being caught along the beaches and passes. Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) action is still great at night around the dock lights using a D.O.A.

The Flying HUB 1 had a twelve-hour private charter this past Saturday where they limited out on Regrouped and caught plenty of nice Gags (Grouper, Gag) to fill up their boat grouper limit. Also, the Flying HUB 2 twelve hour open boats have been landing monster Scamp, Gags and Regrouped (Grouper, Scamp) too along with intermittent big Vermilion and Mangrove Snapper (Snapper, Vermilion) too.

Captain Frank and Smokey caught more than a dozen Shook yesterday before the half day left the dock on the mid incoming tide. The Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) bite is steady at night around the dock lights, and on the high outgoing tides around the grass flats inside Johns Pass.

Redfish (Drum, Red) are biting well during the day inside the pass and around the bridge, especially the past week while the shook had lulled. The Sleepyhead is becoming more prolific as we start to come into the fall fishing time of year.

The fresh water is going to push the Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) down as they don’t like a lower salinity. The Redfish (Drum, Red) will probably jump up into the bushes on high tides.

Usually the Whitebait will get pushed to the deeper parts of the flats and near range markers. If they leave completely, don’t worry as they’ll come back in a couple of days.

The Regrouped (Grouper, Red) are finally starting to come into the nearshore area too. They have stayed deeper than normal this past summer but seem to be moving in a little closer to shore than recently.

Also, great news lately is the large number of juvenile Regrouped being seen throughout the near shore waters showing a strong fishery for the following years. Dogfish are now starting to be more prolific as well which is great news for the near shore area fisheries.

There’s also lots of Cobra coming up to check out the chum slick. The rain has cooled the water down in certain areas where Redfish (Drum, Red) are just beginning to move into the bay.

The live bait is still hanging around the pass as well and the water has been super clear on incoming tides. Frankie Henry caught a monster Cobra flat lining a medium Pinkish from our 10 hour all day at Hubbard’s Marina.

We lost some big smokers but while flat lining we were able to hook nearly a 60lb true monster King fish. The daytime brought a surprisingly steady Mangrove Snapper pick along with some thick Regrouped (Grouper, Red).

We’re looking forward to a great late summer bite as the whitebait heats up as the primary food source for our local inshore species. However, we love the DOA shrimp, so we can cover larger areas of the sandy bottom.

Near shore- Dogfish are starting to come up often again on the half day fishing trips using live shrimp for bait. The nearshore Mangrove Snapper (Snapper, Gray) bite remains very good throughout the summer, and they love the light tackle live Shrimp technique along with the Hogs making it easy to target both species.

Live Pinkish being used during this time needed a long soak but the big Gags (Grouper, Gag) and even bigger Mangroves would come slurp them up during the Porgy bite chaos making the night fishing very enjoyable until the King fish interrupted our bottom fishing. About an hour before sunrise the King fish turned on like a light switch foaming up around the boat eating leads, swivels, bare hooks, or anything that was dropped into the water.

Day bite was slow and steady but the big Gag Grouper, steady Mangroves and hot end of day Red Snapper (Snapper, Red) bite was the highlights. Anglers are using 1-2/O extra long shank hooks with 40 lb fluorocarbon leaders with small Greenbacks.

The beginning of the outgoing tides have produced the most as of late inside Johns Pass. The water clarity seems to have finally returned to beautiful after our wind event this past week, but on the strong outgoings the tail ends of the tides are still getting dirty especially on the recent full moon hill tides.

However, light tackle and live Shrimp have helped us to continue to be successful on this yummy Snapper especially on our private charters. They Grey Snapper bite has been steady and going well for our half day party boat trips.

This monster fish came up to our 12-hour party boat trip and Chad quickly grabbed his rod and a live Pinkish and chucked this unlucky bait right into the jaws of this behemoth pelagic and before he knew it the Yahoo took off like a rocket tail walking nearly 100 yards on the surface before sounding deep and nearly dumping the reel! She began reeling this Snapper off the bottom and before she got him ten cranks up she felt the hit of her life as a 34lb Gag Grouper (Grouper, Gag) started to dig back to bottom.

With the help of our experienced crew and her father’s strong physique and a little of luck she was able to land this truly monster grouper ! When we have to anchor due to gusty conditions we don’t get to show our bait to as many fish and the catch count tends to dwindle a bit.

The Triple tail have been thick along the beach and in the near shore waters hiding under floating debris or flotsam. The Mangrove Snapper near shore bite has tapered off a bit, but we’re still picking a few.

We’re seeing the two-inch Greenbacks (Pilchards) and larger now which is a great sign the summer inshore bite is really going to turn up. The Whitebait returning means the local inshore fish are going to start favoring that natural white bait during most of the day, but when the hill tides come around the new and full moon the large flush of Shrimp will get them excited for Shrimp again.

The dirty water and heavy rains put a damper on things a few days but luckily the bad weather only affected our area for a few short hours and its back to gorgeous now around Johns Pass and Hubbard’s Marina. Near shore- The Dogfish bite has been picky but steady lately picking up a few here and there on the party boat trips.

Cobra is around, triple tail on the buoys and tons of whale Sharks are being spotted right now thanks to the prolific near shore plankton. The flying HUB 1 private charters are absolutely crushing the fish with monster 65lb Black Grouper (Grouper, Black), African Pompano (Pompano, African), big Tuna (Tuna, Black fin), Kingfish (Mackerel, King), Yahoo, monster Red Snapper (Snapper, Red), and tons more trophy sized fish.

Joe Carbon, from largo, didn’t have the same luck Susan did, but he did report the whiting were biting everyone’s line. The crystal clear waters did make it tough for most anglers along the jetty but using lighter line helped Susan and her friends to get the pompano in their coolers.

Don’s dock reported the mangrove snapper (Snapper, Gray) and sleepyhead were biting well but again the light line was a necessity to keep the action going, the water is truly crystal clear inside Johns Pass! This has helped the trolling for mackerel to become even more action packed since they can see our flashy lures from quite a distance.

Today’s half day had huge stringers of fish with some dogfish peppered into the mix. Mangrove snapper are tearing up just about anything deeper than around seventy foot of water.

Later in the day the wind picked up enough to allow us a strong anchor heading that allowed us to target two nice wrecks that were loaded with even bigger amber jack in the 50-70lb range and the big gag grouper (Grouper, Gag) also were biting well too between the jacks and starting June first we will be able to get them in the box finally. Overall it was a killer trip with tons of mangroves, nice grouper, monster jacks and a few big smoker king fish.

Angelo Rivera switches to Shook after night falls, and he moves to the southern side of the pass along the rocky jetty. The water clarity inside the pass right now has been phenomenal allowing us to area huge schools of giant Shook hanging under the docks during the day, but they seem to be very docile and aggressive till night falls.

The Mackerel (Mackerel, King) started off the trip for us before we even left the John’s Pass channel and the King fish started chewing just around the fifteen-mile mark, and we caught quite a few while heading out to the blue water. We pulled in some monster Sharks in the deep water as well some over 500lbs and with the electric reels it made it a little easier to get these guys up to the surface to release safely.

The trick to being successful on these trips is to be sure to use the right tackle and listen to the advice of the experienced captain and crew. Also, everyone uses the similar style rigs and weight sizes is a tremendous aid to allowing for a successful trip.

On the incoming high tide anglers are chumming the sandy holes and flats until they find one or two. Cobra and Triple tail have also shown up in the middle part of the bay around buoys, humps and range markers.

He reported that his silver and blue rattle trap caught him a few Shook but the largest he couldn’t pull out of the tide before it got him snagged. Angelo Rivera, from Largo, is a close friend of Hubbard’s Marina caught multiple over slot Shook this past week from the West end of the North jetty using a Spooled lure just before sundown.

Colin France, from Atlanta, reported that the Speckled Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) have been biting very well at night inside the pass he was catching his fill this past week just after sunset under the John’s pass bridge. Glenn Fleming, from Cocoa Beach, caught some beautiful Sleepyhead and watched his friend caught a few big Black Drum (Drum, Black) all along the jetties inside John’s pass.

Justin Sanchez, from Seminole, has been fishing John’s Pass often this week from both jetties and from a boat at night. He reported that the Redfish (Drum, Red) and Trout are on fire at night inside the lights of JP.

Dorian Hawkins, from Tampa, has been fishing Indian rocks beach catching Blacktop sharks on cut mullet. He also has been catching Flounder, silver trout and sleepyhead on Indian rocks fishing the beach and around the foot of the piers.

The Whitebait is starting to show up, but hasn’t really invaded our area like they are expected too and for now they are still very small. The Dogfish bite is a little slower than it was during the cooler months but were still picking a handful each week using live Shrimp.

The Regrouped (Grouper, Red) bite is finally starting to turn around for the fleet were catching them more steadily now as the waters warm nearshore. A recent Mrs. HUB private charter caught a half dozen Regrouped on very short trip plus a few nice Kings to finish off the box.

Mike Swisher, from Ohio, is on vacation to our area and has thoroughly enjoyed fishing the North Jetty of John’s Pass throughout this past week. Don’s Dock bait shop at the end of the boardwalk reported that the most action this week has been on the live Shrimp and the usual suspects caught have been the Sleepyhead and Mangrove Snapper that love to call their docks home.

We did catch two small ones just over keeper size, but we look forward to the aggressive run that should be starting in the next few weeks. From Northern Tampa Bay to the South shore we are seeing some great, big schools.

Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) are in the same places as all the Shook so you may catch some good sizes incidentally. If you are targeting Trout specifically, the grass flats on the low tide in 3-4 ft of water will hold some great sizes.

He reports catching a few this past week on squid off the gulf pier inside the park. Angelo Rivero, from Largo, was catching big flounder this past week using a doc’s goofy jig combined with a yellowtail fly free-floating up and down his mainline.

The last two long range 39-hour trips have pulled in more than a dozen nice tuna, more than a half dozen big kings and this most recent 39 hours pulled up a 55lb Yahoo on a Papal x-rap magnum that we sell in our bait shop. Even though the commercial vertical line boats are fishing 30 foot of water 10 miles from shore and keeping 18-inch grouper, the recreational guys can’t go past 120 foot, and we have to wait till the reds are 20 inches.

Doesn’t seem right that we can’t go out there where the commercial guys live, but they can fish our back doors just outside the Segment channel where ninety percent of the recreational industry fishes in the first ten miles from shore but I digress. Nearshore:The Dogfish bite lately is heating up just like our near shore waters.

The red grouper bite is finally starting to warm up with the local waters we expect it to only improve from here as the summer heat sets in pushing these fish even closer to shore in higher densities. This Mackerel was hugging the structure in some strong currents ambushing the passing live baits.

Alex Day and Jeff Denzel, also local anglers, report that the Sleepyhead bite is strong on the inshore bridges, jetties, docks and structures eating small pieces of Shrimp, Fiddler Crabs, Oysters and Barnacles. He reports the best bites near the freshwater outflows, this high pressure has the fish pushed back into the backwaters waiting to pour onto the beaches as the whitebait arrives.

Michael Baker, a Pinellas local, reports the Redfish (Drum, Red) bite inshore is going very well on the Oyster bars and grassy edges during the incoming tide inside Coca Cagey bay. Paddle tail with a light jig head right along the edges of the oyster bars and grass beds.

The big news is the Mangrove Snapper (Snapper, Gray) bite, it is only heating up more and more and it’s officially March madness in the nearshore and offshore waters when you drop a cut Sardine on a double Snell rig for the boozers. Not only do the Hubbard’s Marina crew and captains say the Mangrove Snapper bite is hot but Jeff Denzel and Alex Day from the new Fish duel app both agree that the Snapper bite is going nuts on the nearshore and offshore hard bottom areas.

Dogfish bite is also hot in the nearshore waters on live Shrimp, were getting them on the 5 and 10-hour trips both. The King fish (Mackerel, King), Tuna (Tuna, Black fin), and Cobra all were prolific during the recent long range trip as well which really added some fun to the March madness Mangrove Snapper flurry that we had going on during the recent 39-hour overnight fishing trips at Hubbard’s Marina.

The bite is not hot, but they are spread out so if you put your time in you’ll catch a few. The Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) bite has been on fire in Clearwater and the sound area.

The pass filled up with hungry sleepyhead and juvenile sharks reports Don’s Dock bait and tackle. Near shore- The Mangrove snapper (Snapper, Gray) bite is on fire they are tearing up the live Shrimp and pieces of Sardines and it seems every piece of hard rock bottom has a school of aggressive mangroves ready to chew.

The Shook, Common bite is mostly been at night lately when the water is moving strong. Steve Atavist, from Clearwater, was fishing with his buddies this past weekend inside Johns pass with live shrimp.

In the nearshore the Dogfish bite on our last ten hours all day was one of the best we have seen in a very long time. We took home nearly 30 nice big Dogfish from this past Tuesday’s ten hour all day.

Ananthachai Natal, from Tampa, was on this trip with us and between him and his buddy they caught 5 beautiful Dogfish, 3 fat Sheepsheads, tons of Snapper, Gray and more! They said that the light tackle helped them catch plenty of Dogfish on live Shrimp.

Captain Mark Hubbard only fish a small portion of the trip but every time he dropped he caught something of true quality. During the North Wind when the fronts are in a gulp Shrimp on quarter ounce jig bounced on the bottom will do well.

Shrimp with popping corks or a quarter oz jig head with a DOA with a paddle tail have been the best bait. The port of Tampa near the rocks, ledges and docks you can regularly fill the boat with some nice Sleepyhead as well.

They caught some beautiful Grouper, Red and plenty of Snapper despite the slower bite we have been seeing due to the recent turbulent weather. When the weather allows us we have been getting offshore when possible, but due to the extremely low temps the fishing has been a little slower than normal.

We also caught some beautiful big black fin tuna while trolling during this recent long range fishing trip at Hubbard’s Marina. Live Shrimp or soft plastics dragged slowly on the bottom has been an extremely productive method to catch.

The cold weather has made them lethargic so live bait or lures worked slowly is the best bet. There are plenty of fish to target, and they all have a consistent bite, so it’s a great week to be on the water.

Anglers are targeting AJS (Jack, Amber jack Greater) and Grouper, Red on the deeper reefs this week. Almost every local angler we talked to when collecting fishing report info said they had caught either a Flounder or a Sleepyhead.

Redfish (Drum, Red) along the oyster bars inside the pass are biting okay for guys willing to brave the cold and windy weather. Cut lady fish, mullet, or other smelly baits are the best choice for the slow moving winter time Redfish.

Cesar Torres and his son were fishing just west of the Johns Pass Bridge from the rocks catching Flounder on dead squid weighted to the bottom. James Miller from Largo was catching Sleepyhead and Flounder on the very eastern beginning of the north Jetty of Johns Pass.

Anthony FOTA Jr. from Wesley Chapel reported catching a nice Shook from the north Jetty of Johns pass using a live whitebait free lined into the current. Anthony FOTA Sr. from New Jersey was out fishing with his son catching Flounder on the western tip of the Johns Pass Jetty.

Aaron Scott also from Wesley Chapel was catching nice Sleepyhead using live shrimp on a free line letting the bait sweep down the rocky jetty. They braved the weather conditions and it paid off we got a handful of nice Regrouped with the biggest over 30 inches.

The Regrouped were biting well for us and the Bowman’s around the sixty to ninety foot range on live pinkish. King fish (Mackerel, King) are fewer and further between as the gulf temp gets to the lower seventy degree range.

Good reports of Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) are turning up however the water is still warm so the sizes and numbers are not quite where they should be. Shook, Common are swimming the beaches since the water is still warm however this is unusual, and they are expected to move out once the next cold front sets in.

The bite has been steady so anglers are having no trouble finding fish in the offshore this week. We love using cut Mullet or Lady fish near oyster beds for the winter time Redfish.

Also, throwing handfuls of dead Whitebait over the bar before you cast out your cut bait will help to get them excited and ready to chew. Sheep head are around the docks, bridges and seawalls eating barnacles, Fiddler Crabs and oysters.

Elmer Turner, from Indiana, was fishing the north jetty of John’s Pass using live Greenbacks for bait and on the strong outgoing tide catching Mackerel and Flounder. Carey McBride, from Treasure Island, was fishing the east side of John’s Pass Bridge catching Mackerel, Snapper, Gray and Bluefish using live Greenbacks.

Well we thought the King fish run was subsiding and coming to a close but it turns out they are still hanging around and seem to even be more plentiful that they were at the beginning of November. This falls unique weather patterns has the King fish more confused than the local anglers, don’t think they know it’s December already.

Kris Stein a Seminole local is even catching 30-40lb King fish from the Remington beach long pier! Our half day caught as many a 3 on a recent 5-hour trip closer than 10 miles from shore.

The dogfish bite on live Shrimp is still going well near shore and should continue to be great through the cooler weather. This time of year the dogfish group up in our near shore waters to spawn making it easier for us to target them while hook and line fishing.

The Sea Bass, Black bite has really heated up lately since our near shore waters are cooling. We are even picking up some of these monster Bull Redfish during our half day trips as they head back to the inshore waters.

Trout (Sea trout, Spotted)are doing well this week on the negative tide while drifting over grass flats. Greenbacks are showing some success when thrown for Trout however the best setup is a DOA or live Shrimp on a bighead.

Jeb Grant aka Smokey our first mate on our half day and all day trips was fishing the dock using a hand line yesterday and caught multiples nook in the 38-44 inch range and was busting them off left and right. He even tried a 100lb test hand line and was still losing monsters nook to the pilings.

Will McClure from Pinellas Park had more success catching the smaller shook a few days ago under the Hubbard’s Marina dock and under the Johns Pass Bridge. They love oysters, fiddler crabs, barnacles or small pieces of shrimp free lined close to the pilings of docks, bridges or jetties.

The flounder are still biting on live shrimp along the sandy bottom inside Johns Pass. Michael Thomas from St. Pete reported catching nice bull redfish and pompano from the Johns Pass Bridge.

He even spotted a school of cobra just west of the bridge but couldn’t get them to feed. Michael also said he’s catching lots of speckled trout on DOA cal lures around the docks inside Johns Pass.

The mullet run has begun as well if you’d like to cast net some yummy dinner for you and your family! Live shrimp is still the bait of choice near shore for dogfish and mangrove snapper.

Alexander Frederick's from Gainesville joined Hubbard’s Marina for a recent ten hours and again he caught his limit of mangrove snapper using live shrimp. Todd Crohn from Ne kid Ball Jig took a recent ten hours all day at Hubbard’s Marina and caught a half dozen dogfish on his unique and successful jigs we carry in our tackle shop.

The Trout (Sea trout, Spotted) have been holding up on the flats and can be caught using mirrors and DOA Shrimp. Some Mackerel, Spanish have made their way to the inshore a bay and are chasing the bait schools of scaled Sardines.

Mackerel, King are biting anywhere from the lower part of Tampa Bay to 15-20 miles off. The Grouper, Gag bite on the bottom has been fairly steady but anglers should take caution as to what species are closed and make sure they do their research prior to heading out.

The mangrove snapper are still biting well, gags are moving closer to our inshore waters, and the mackerel are still hanging around the passes and bridges. Cut lady fish or mullet is also great bait for the big red and black drum under the bridges and in our local passes.

Marlon Washington from Ohio was fishing inside Johns Pass recently catching gags and redfish on the strong outgoing tide using live shrimp for bait. He caught both species right along the bottom around the rocks and structure on the south side of Johns Pass.

The dogfish bite lately is really heating up as they prepare for the spawning season. They seem to bite best on live shrimp in the twenty-five to fifty foot range and using the least amount of terminal tackle possible always gives you a large advantage when hunting these hogs.

King fish and mackerel are still hanging around the area thanks to the very late cold fronts really extending our season. This same weird fall weather pattern has held off the gags from coming into the near shore waters but it’s starting to cool and the fronts are making it here again, so we are seeing the gags start to show up in the near shore ledges, rock piles and wrecks, and we expect more and more than the water temps continue to trend downward.

The three of them were happy to report that the flounder, mackerel and trout were all biting well around the jetty and the bridge. Km Havana from Seminole was fishing with his buddy under the west span of the Johns Pass Bridge catching plenty of mackerel and flounder on live green backs reporting the outgoing tide was most productive for them.

Michele Hawkins from Madeira Beach caught a monster black drum from the North jetty of Johns Pass while using a large live shrimp for bait it was nearly 30 inches long! Robin Nash from Massachusetts we are catching nice mackerel from the western tip of the north jetty using a flashy twitch bait.

Also, the gags haven’t moved into the near shore waters very thick yet but do seem to be getting thicker inside Tampa Bay. Many anglers in the bay are catching nice loads of gags by trolling the shipping channel.

Anglers have been drifting the outgoing tide on grass flats using popping corks with a greenback underneath. If you are fishing for Trout, they will come to you mixed in with some giant Jack, Crevasse which are quicker to the bait.

Schools are breaking up into smaller groups but there are still plenty of fish, just not a ton in the same spot. Keep in mind the King fish bite is still doing very well by the Skyway and is expected to continue through the next month.

This isn’t as easy as it sounds as the levels have been low as of late, and the wind hasn’t helped. The docks haven’t had much water to house fish but the weekend promises a possible increase.

For these you can keep Greenbacks or small Pinkish on a Popping Cork handy to drift the flat. You can also expect to find some Redfish kicking around and if you have Cut bait, specifically Pinkish, they will hit that.

Don’t distress as the weekend should bring a softer breeze and even a bit of warmth as the water levels should increase for anglers to get out to the flats and oyster bars. Feel free to check out our app for Tips by tapping on the fish of your choice to view alternative options.

Justin Lazaro All American Fishing Charters Tampa Bay, FL 813-406-9722 Inshore- Angelo Rivera, from Largo, caught a monster red fish under the John’s Pass bridge using a four-inch power bait bogie at night.

Scott Watkins was fishing under the John’s Pass Bridge as well with his family and friends using live green backs, and he was catching plenty of Flounder, Mackerel and Jack crevasse. Dave Morgan, from Ontario, was using live whitebait fishing the north Jetty of John’s Pass when he caught a 30-inch shook and lots of big mackerel.

Owen and Jill peoples from Seminole were catching pompano and lady fish from the north jetty of John’s Pass using live shrimp for bait. Mark Crawford, a local of Pinellas County was catching flounder, redfish and mackerel on an outgoing tide from the western tip of the north jetty of John’s Pass.

Once the sea breeze picks up it seems to shut down the mackerel feeding. Triple tails are back in the area hiding under the crab trap buoys, and they love to take live shrimp or chunks of sardines.

Bonita is thick near shore right now and even pushing into Tampa Bay waters. Big mangrove snapper are biting well right now near shore in the thirty to sixty foot range, and they love to eat sardine plugs or live shrimp.

Gags are starting to move in closer but as the water cools they will even get thicker and more aggressive. Offshore- Our recent 39-hour trips at Hubbard’s Marina had some rough weather to deal with but this didn’t stop Captain Bryon Holland from filling the boxes with nice fish.

Also got some nice fat gags even one in the nearly 20lb range and tons more that weren’t landed due to break offs. The mangrove snapper bite was steady for us, and we got some big boys in the 120-foot range.

The redfish were feeding best along the bottom he said while the lady fish and jacks were busting the bait on the surface. White bait has flooded the area making lady fish, jacks, and mackerel plentiful along the beaches and inside the passes.

Larry Carpet, from Clearwater, was fishing the western tip of the North jetty using large live shrimp and nailing nice black drum right inside the tidal rips. Raymond Vizier, from the Orlando area, was catching plenty of mackerel with his buddy.

They were catching them on free lined green backs about halfway out the north jetty of Johns Pass. Carol Hello, from Valrico, was catching flounder on the bottom using live shrimp under the western span of the Johns Pass Bridge.

She was using double split shots to weight the shrimp to bottom where the flounder hangout. Joey Drew and Will McClure our overnight mates were fishing the dock areas catching big shook on live pinkish and monster tarpon on large cut dead baits.

We are catching them while trolling on our way out and back during the 5 hour half day trips. The hurricane moving up the east coast of Florida will be a wild card since we don’t know how much it will affect our local area waters quite yet.

We find that 20-30lb fluorocarbon and the least amount of terminal tackle possible entices them to bite more frequently. They have been finicky though requiring an expert touch and bait presentation to get them to chew shrimp helps, or cut sardine plugs.

We got lots of big jacks on large live baits and vertical jigs. The grouper bite was a bit soft on this recent trip mostly due to us focusing on jacks before they closed.

Mangroves were steady but not too aggressive really requiring extra technique to get the larger numbers. During the winter time storms they tend to congregate on large structure making it easier to find and dial in on them.

They will be even more plentiful in the coming weeks and the King fish will not be too far behind them as the water temps reach the Mackerel’s favorite temperature around seventy-eight degrees. Shook season opened in our area September first and anglers are catching plenty at night in the lights or in the passes free lining live baits like Pinkish, Grunts, or large Whitebait.

Mike Jones, from Tampa, caught a Redfish recently from the North jetty of John’s Pass using a jerk bait on an outgoing tide. Nick Guarnieri from Seminole was fishing from a boat with his father recently inside John’s Pass and caught a beautiful Redfish on an outgoing tide using a large Greenback for bait.

The wind and current were going the same direction most of the trip which made it easy for Captain Garrett Hubbard to position the boat perfectly over our secret deepwater spots. Also, the oncoming low pressure from tropical storm Erika’s remnants had the fish ready to chew.

We ended up catching a monster 51lb Yahoo while trolling to our bottom fishing area. Later that same night the very same angler who caught the Canberra ending up landing a 16lb Mutton Snapper.

The Amber jack just wouldn’t quit during the day allowing us to catch our boat limit of Jacks during this recent 44 hour full moon trips as well. Shook fishing has slowed a little, I think due to the water temps rising, but you can still get on few on a good outgoing tide.

Victor reported the shook action to be best at night around the lights of docks, bridges or passes. His bait of choice for the shook is a large live pinkish, thread fin, or grunt.

Turner Bryan, from Madeira beach, reported catching a handful of nice speckled trout on the grass flats using live shrimp. Jill Peoples a local Remington beach resident fishes the north jetty of Johns Pass often with her husband.

Jill caught a huge thirty-inch redfish while using large live shrimp at the beginning of a recent outgoing tide from the jetty while her husband watched with excitement and a bit of envy. Bryan Japanning reports the redfish are aggressive at slack tide inside Johns Pass, and they were fighting over his D.O.A.

Gags are moving in closer as well, again thanks to the cooling waters brought on by recent heavy rains. Mangroves have been a bit tougher during the heat of august but using lighter tackle or small jig heads you can greatly increase your chances of getting this leader shy fish to bite your hooks.

Red grouper are still biting well for us especially when drifting larger areas of hard rock bottom. We have found the larger amber jack to be biting well for us on the natural bottom in the shallower areas of the middle grounds in the 80-100 foot range.

Gags were biting the best on small rock piles, and they seemed to be very close to their sharp rocky homes busting off most anglers it took patience and focus to actually hook then successfully land these larger gag grouper. August is typically the end of their summer spawn and due to the extreme heat it requires a bit more work to get a large catch of mangroves.

Using lighter tackle or jig head set-ups are allowing us to overcome the slower bite. King fish while trolling has been doing well for us on our long range trip, and were even getting a few while anchor fishing and using flat-line setups.

Occasionally picking up a black fin tuna or two as well on the flat line gear. This is the perfect time of the year to figure out where the fish stage, so do your homework and make sure you are in the right spots.

The redfish action is all the way from the south shore, to Weldon island and even farther up. The snapper bite has been pretty good as well, smaller greenbacks dropped on live bait hook with a couple of split shots should do the trick. Get out there today to look for these schools seeing 200+ redfish coming at you is really an awesome sight.

Inshore- Victor Lizard from Seminole has been fishing local flats and bridges day and night. The redfish are most common and feeding most aggressively on live shrimp, cut lady fish and even finger mullet.

Victor reported the shook action to be best at night around the lights of docks, bridges or passes. His bait of choice for the shook is a large live pinkish, thread fin, or grunt.

Turner Bryan, from Madeira beach, reported catching a handful of nice speckled trout on the grass flats using live shrimp. Jill Peoples a local Remington beach resident fishes the north jetty of Johns Pass often with her husband.

Jill caught a huge thirty-inch redfish while using large live shrimp at the beginning of a recent outgoing tide from the jetty while her husband watched with excitement and a bit of envy. Bryan Japanning reports the redfish are aggressive at slack tide inside Johns Pass, and they were fighting over his D.O.A.

Gags are moving in closer as well, again thanks to the cooling waters brought on by recent heavy rains. Mangroves have been a bit tougher during the heat of august but using lighter tackle or small jig heads you can greatly increase your chances of getting this leader shy fish to bite your hooks.

Red grouper are still biting well for us especially when drifting larger areas of hard rock bottom. We have found the larger amber jack to be biting well for us on the natural bottom in the shallower areas of the middle grounds in the 80-100 foot range.

Gags were biting the best on small rock piles, and they seemed to be very close to their sharp rocky homes busting off most anglers it took patience and focus to actually hook then successfully land these larger gag grouper. August is typically the end of their summer spawn and due to the extreme heat it requires a bit more work to get a large catch of mangroves.

Using lighter tackle or jig head set-ups are allowing us to overcome the slower bite. King fish while trolling has been doing well for us on our long range trip, and were even getting a few while anchor fishing and using flat-line setups.

Occasionally picking up a black fin tuna or two as well on the flat line gear. Inshore- Bray ton Ross from Dunedin was fishing with his brother and dad from Hub’s beach behind our gift shop using live shrimp on a slow outgoing tide around sundown, and they caught a few nice snooks.

Victor Print and his buddy Ramon Rodriguez were fishing from the north side of the Johns Pass jetty in the eddy of the current. They caught redfish and sleepyhead while using live shrimp and also saw multiple mackerel, flounder, and mangroves swimming the area too.

Dale crook from Seminole was fishing the swash channels of Madeira beach catching redfish on live shrimp. Black drum are still being hooked under the bridge but are mostly breaking off the anglers using lighter tackle.

Offshore- Our recent mid-week 39 hours at Hubbard’s Marina did well on the amber jack that were thick on the deepwater wrecks. The larger red and gag grouper were a bit pickier really requiring a long patient soak before they would take the bait.

We caught one monster king while trolling and hooked two more while flat lining at anchor. WE also hooked a handful of pelagic that simply spooled reels before we were able to turn the fish around or even slow them down.

Due to the darker waters the black drum and sleepyhead are the more active inshore species. The redfish also thrive in these brackish murky waters and can be found using cut bait.

Shook are still biting well at night and early morning on live pinkish around the structure. The triple tail has returned to the area hiding under the local floating flotsam.

Gulf to bay bait and tackle shop says their guests reported catching some monster black drum inside Blind’s Pass. They also report hearing about large school of red fish being found around Fort De Soto Park.

Gulf to Bay bait and tackle guests also report the mackerel seem to have dissipated inshore and along the beaches, but they are catching plenty of mangrove snapper along the structure. They also talked about shook and flounder being caught in the swash channels running parallel to the beaches even with the dirty water.

We were supposed to have a 39 hour this past weekend but the severe storms, high winds, and rough seas prevented us from heading out on this long range fishing adventure. Inshore- Andrew Savage, from St. Petersburg, and his son reports the trout bite is great early morning while free lining white baits into the surf from the beach.

Victor Lizard, from Pinellas Park, reported that the mangrove snapper bite is hot under the bridge and around the structure inside the pass. The rocks along the south side of John’s Pass is a great place to target these quick biting snapper.

Kris Stein, another local, reported catching some beautiful Tarpon inside johns pass using horse minnows and flare hawk jigs. In order to land them more often you really need a boat to chase them and avoid structure they can use to break your line.

Redfish are being seen stacked in with the plentiful shook in the pass but aren’t being caught as frequently as of late. Near shore- The heavy rains lately in the morning and evening have been making it tough to get people offshore.

This pattern should be breaking soon and as the salinity levels straighten out the fish should pick back up. The mangrove snapper bite is still going well and were catching some large ones as their spawning season is coming to a close.

Inshore- The shook bite in the early mornings has been hot lately reports Jeb Grant aka ‘Smokey’ who is our first mate aboard our 5 hour half days. He’s been showing up early to work to soak a hand line for shook under the dock.

We use 60lb monofilament and a 7ot circle hook with a live pinkish and let them swim freely under the dock and around the pilings and the shook have been gulping them up within minutes when feeding. The hand line gives you more control and less stretch since the bend of the rod allows the shook lots of room to break you off the hand line doesn’t and also allows us to quickly return the fish without letting him injure himself on the pilings or get over tired.

However, we don’t recommend this to first timers it can be dangerous if not properly executed you could end up with torn of fingers or severely cut palms. Trout are active around the dock lights and on the deeper water grass flats.

The mangroves under Johns Pass Bridge are very excited about these bait balls moving through and have been feeding voraciously. Lately the tight gradient of high pressure around our area has been making morning and afternoon weather unpredictable and a bit explosive.

These storms play havoc with the barometer and have been making the bite near shore tough and the rides uncomfortable. Sharks are plentiful this time of year and are being seen and caught in the back bays, on the beaches, in the passes and often near shore.

Every additional grouper that gets into the rocks exponentially increases the chances for the bite to shut down entirely. The warmer waters have brought more numbers of yellowtail snapper to our area and were getting some big ones.

We even caught a yellow eye snapper on a recent 39-hour trips at Hubbard’s Marina. The best places to jump a silver king is going to be the Sky Way Bridge, and in and around Bean point as well as the surround beaches up to a mile offshore.

He was fishing with his son, and they both were simply free lining the sand fleas into the current. Greg Richards, from Kentucky, reported catching flounder around the John’s pass bridge fishing the north jetty using shrimp weighted to the sandy bottom.

Brian Japanning, from Largo, was also nailing the mangroves on small pieces of shrimp. Bob Hetero, from St. Petersburg, was fishing Fisherman’s Park on the South side of John’s Pass catching mangroves mainly, but he saw multiple large shook and mackerel swimming by the plentiful white bait, but he didn’t have the tackle to target the larger game fish.

Reid Dan, from St. Pete beach, was also fishing the south side of John’s pass along the rocks and pilings for mangroves with white bait, but he reported the speckled trout were plentiful and feeding voraciously around the evening time each night. David Reese, from Ocala, reported catching whiting often using greenbacks in the surf on the Treasure Island beaches.

However, it recovered quickly allowing us to get plenty of fish Tuesday and through the rest of the week during the day. The snapper bite has been going well through the summer thanks to their spawning season reaching its peak during the hot summer weather.

Jeff Sloan, from Tampa, caught a beautiful dogfish on his recent 5 hour using live shrimp. Gags opened up July 1st so now we get to keep everything except gray trigger fish and greater amber jack.

INSHORE- Joe Drew, from Ohio, has been slamming large shook just before sunrise while using free-lined pinkish with 60lb fluorocarbon leader. Jill Peoples, from Indian Rocks, reported catching whiting and jack crevasse while fishing the north jetty of Johns Pass using live shrimp.

Hector Mendez, from Brandon, reported catching pompano, redfish, and even some flounder over past few days inside Johns Pass. He was wading in waist deep water on the south side of the north jetty of Johns Pass.

We are no longer getting that greenish hairy slime covered algae coming up on all our lines, hooks, swivels and baits so that is helping the bite tremendously. The bite is hot in the near shore waters to say the least since the warm summer temps have the snapper spawning and the red grouper feeding on large areas of hard rock bottom.

Jericho Coma, from Made City, caught a large sleepyhead under the bridge while free-lining a chunk of shrimp on a circle hook at slack tide. The shook and tarpon action at night is still hot, and the dolphins are still following them taking down the stragglers.

The cobra have been coming in fairly regularly so make sure to keep a pitch rod ready to go when bottom fishing. They cruise by looking like a shark, and they will inhale live bait free-lined to them with 40-60lb fluorocarbon leader and 5ot circle hook.

The shallower closer to shore red snapper have been picked through quite a bit so the shorts are more common, but offshore in the deeper waters were still landing beautiful red snapper, and we have plenty more time left to go get them! King fish are still around, tuna are thinning out however, and were looking forward to a few cuber as their spawn ends, and they start heading back north through the grounds.

Keep an eye out for little white birds because they follow anything that flashes in the water. Make sure you beat the heat of the day, when it gets too hot the fish aren’t as active.

Head over to the Bridge by the Skyway and you’ll see tons of bait and people showing nets. Unfortunately, Florida is a large state, so we try to keep our St. Petersburg Fishing Report updated once a week.

Scary scene in college hoops game after player collapses I'm looking to move to North Carolina for the warm weather and great inshore and offshore fishing.

Are tarpon on the list of fish I can catch in the shallows on the coastal waters? Offshore fish are awesome just marinated in Italian dressing and tossed on the grill for a bit....

Enjoy the coast and take a trip to Myrtle Beach SC when you get the chance Hey man, here is the number one fish that I love to catch and eat and I know that they are around your area.

Just skin them up throw them on the grill with a little of butter to coat the fish a pinch of salt and pepper and s few slices of lemon laid on top. Move to Wilmington, I've caught everything there, from baby hammerhead sharks, flounder, and red drum.

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