Angler’s Depot, (727) 938-5364: Matthew reports that the big new is that pompano have moved in at the Anclote power plant outfall canal, where anglers have been having their way with them using jigs and live shrimp. The trout bite has been good there, as well. A number of reds have been taken, though they have been on the short side the past few days. The Anclote River and area residential canals have been giving up some nice sheepshead. Live or dead shrimp on the bottom will get them. There have been reports of sea bass taken from area bridge pilings. Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, (727) 942-8944: David says the pompano bite at the Anclote power plant outfall canal is on, with anglers doing well with Doc’s Goofy Jigs in yellow with the pink teaser. If the teaser isn’t available, a tiny piece of shrimp on the hook will up the odds of a bite. Trout fishing has been good on the shallow grass, and anglers working inside the Anclote River and in most of the residential canals have been taking some nice sheepshead. Jacks seem to be showing up everywhere, and while not a prized fish, they do provide some good action and a hard fight. One Stop Bait and Tackle, (727) 842-5610: Joe says the shallow grass flats on the high tides have been producing some nice catches of trout. Jigs and live shrimp are working well. Redfish have been biting well in the Cotee and Anclote Rivers, as well as in many of the canals. Pompano fishing turned on at the Anclote power plant outfall, where anglers also scored some cobia over the weekend. Those fishing on the beaches at Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands have been taking whiting. Mackerel are scattered offshore, where anglers continue to catch a few kingfish. The Long Pier, (727) 391-9398: Tom says the trout bite has been good at the pier at Redington Shores, though winds have kept a lot of anglers at home. Live shrimp, particularly after dark, have been working well. Mackerel are schooling and moving by the pier during the day, with anglers scoring well when the fish are passing. Live shrimp, spoons and Gotcha plugs are good fish-getters. Black drum are taking shrimp fished on the bottom around the pilings.
Pier 60, (727) 462-6466: Larry says the winds cut down on the number of anglers at the pier on Clearwater Beach, but those who came out to wet a line were rewarded. Mackerel have been schooling during the day, with anglers taking fish 16 to 18 inches on shrimp. Silver trout have been biting well, and lots of sheepshead were caught. Small sharks have been abundant a cobia was landed over the weekend. The spotted trout are taking shrimp at night under the lights. Nick Stubbs is founder and webmaster of Bitetracker.com, an interactive fishing website.