Spawning season looms, so snook on Suncoast beaches
Anclote Bait and Tackle, (727) 945-1808: Capt. Griff says it’s time to start looking for snook on the beaches. Fish are making their way to the sand points off Anclote Key and the islands to the south for the spawning season. Tarpon are showing on the beaches, as well, with the best opportunities to spot them being early in the day when the water is calm. Mackerel have been scattered around the deeper grass flats. Kings have been a good bet around the reefs. Red grouper diggers have been working 60 to 80 feet of water for their fish.
One Stop Bait and Tackle, (727) 842-5610: Joe says the trout have been on the grass beds starting in about 3 feet of water. Mackerel have been on the deeper grass flats, as well as offshore on the hard bottom patches and reefs. Snook are active around the river and creek mouths and are beginning to move to the beaches for the spawn. Reds are scattered around oyster bars and mangroves. Offshore, anglers are reporting the best red grouper action is in 70 to 80 feet of water. Hogfish have been biting well on rocky bottom offshore.
Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, (727) 942-8944: Don says the weekend was a blowout with the high winds, but with reports calling for calmer weather by the end of the week, anglers should have the opportunity to get offshore. Red grouper will be in 60 feet of water or deeper, and kings should be scattered around in the same depths. Inshore, snook action is moving to the beaches.
Pier 60, (727) 462-6466: Kelli says the trout bite is on at night under the lights. Live shrimp is the ticket. Flounder are biting fairly well, and a few pompano are being hooked. Mackerel are schooling at times during the day and anglers are landing some decent-sized sea bass. A kingfish was taken off the end of the pier on Clearwater Beach.
The Long Pier, (727) 391-9398: Beach Bob says the baitfish finally showed up en masse at the pier on Redington Shores. The trout bite has been solid after dark and the days are producing Spanish mackerel. Some black drum are being landed, along with a few redfish. Tarpon are starting to show up, with a fish or two hooked on live bait from the end of the pier. Cooler air and windy conditions brought the water temperature at the pier down to 77 degrees by Monday morning.
Nick Stubbs is founder and webmaster of Bitetracker.com, an interactive fishing website.