Tarpon Trading Company, (727) 937-1488: Pete says you can count on things staying in the same summer pattern. The snook are on the beach at Anclote Key and Three Rooker Bar, taking live pinfish or pigfish well. There also are some snook in the mangroves with the reds. The mouth of the Anclote River has been good for snook and trout, with the first couple hours of the incoming and outgoing tides being good times to ambush them. The regular at the shop who caught a sawfish in the Anclote River earlier this year has repeated, this time catching a baby sawfish. The unusual catch was reported to fishery authorities. One Stop Bait and Tackle, (727) 842-5610: Joe reports that anglers were having their way with redfish between the Cotee River and Hudson, working oyster bars and mangroves along the shoreline. There also have been some good catches of reds behind Anclote Key. Anglers working the sandy bottom around the island have been making some nice catches of whiting. Dead shrimp on the sandy bottom are the way to fool them. Trout have been on the grass flats between 6 and 8 feet of water, with live shrimp and jigs doing the job. Cobia have been over the grass beds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Offshore, grouper diggers are starting in about 45 feet and working out from there. Cobia catches have been common offshore. Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, (727) 942-8944: Tom says anglers are taking good numbers of silver trout around Anclote Key. The snook action on the beach is slowing down there, though the reds have been active in the mangroves on the back of the island. Redfish have been responding well to dead bait on the bottom. Offshore, grouper action has been starting in about 50 feet of water, though many opt to go deeper for their fish. Pier 60, (727) 462-6466: Larry says pompano have started showing up in better numbers, and several anglers have scored on them using live shrimp or jigs. Sheepshead are plentiful and a number of flounder have been taken over the past week. Night fishing for trout and snook has been good. Mackerel have been hit-and-miss, but there have been plenty of jacks around to stretch lines.
The Long Pier, (727) 391-9398: Tom says anglers are catching plenty of trout at night using live shrimp under the lights. Flounder have been around in good numbers, and while the mackerel have not been around much, when they move through in schools, anglers are taking good numbers. Snook have been scarce of late. Small sharks, sheepshead and jacks have been the norm. The bait is plentiful under the pier at Redington Shores, and the water has been cleaning up more and more every day. Nick Stubbs is founder and webmaster of Bitetracker.com, an interactive fishing website.