Spring Fishing is Aproaching

Spring is trying to move in, with just a few cold fronts mixed in. The up-and-down air temperatures will slightly affect the water temperature and also affect the fishing. Fishing has been mostly incredible in North Pinellas. All of the species we expect, such as trout, redfish and snook are cooperating. The recent cold front stimulated a great trout bite in St. Joseph Sound. Bait has gotten a little scarce, so live shrimp and artificials have been working, as well as pinfish. The larger female trout are not as plentiful this year, many of the schools are average size fish between 15 and 20 inches. The early incoming tides have had the most success. Moving water is a key component to most of the flats fishing in my area. Redfish are showing up on the high tide and eating well into the falling tides. Cut pinfish, shrimp and sardines are working in all areas for the redfish. Snook are still lurking around the canals, creek mouths, and back bays. They were moving toward the beaches but the recent cold front had turned them around. A slight cold front later this week may slow things down for a couple of days, but soon everything should begin to stabilize.

Warmer Weather and Fish Turning On!

Hi everyone and I hope you are having a great New Year! As most of the country, we have had our fair share of below normal temperatures. My January was pretty slow with some cancellations. But, now things are looking up and I’m getting busy! Enjoy the latest report and thank you for reading….

We are finally approaching some stable weather, and hopefully rising water temperatures will entice the fish to bite well. Our most cooperative species, trout, sheepshead, flounder and redfish have been the usual targets over the last couple of weeks. My most successful days have been while using live shrimp around the islands in St. Joseph and pitching under docks and along the main shoreline for redfish. Most catches have been small for redfish, but occasionally we will get into a school with some larger fish, even over slot! When dock fishing, it’s common to get a nice sheepshead nibbling on a cut piece of shrimp. I usually will cut shrimp in two pieces and thread them onto a small number 2 size hook to allow the sheepshead to eat the whole piece and slowly pull away, putting pressure on the line and becoming hooked. They are very tricky, but with a little practice you’ll know when to start reeling.The trout have all been keepers, with only a few over the 20 inch mark. High tides have definitely been more successful, especially after the sun heats the incoming water on the flats. The water temperature will rise 2 to 3° in the afternoon as the tide moves across the flats, then later falls out towards the passes. Translucent, silver and chartreuse jigs have been working for the trout as well. Presentations must be slower than usual, bouncing off the bottom occasionally. Ladyfish are still swarming in certain areas providing a lot of action on slower days.

So that’s what’s happening! Please get your day reserved before they fill up through the spring!


I have plenty of openings in the next few weeks! Don’t hesitate to call or email and set up your day on the water! I hope to see you out here soon! Capt. Brian

Trout are Getting the Hook!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are having the best holiday season! Here is what’s going on out there! Stable conditions can sometimes make catching fish a little more challenging. High pressure and blue bird skies, like we’ve had lately, can cause fish to be shy and require a lot more patience. Also, typical cool nights have lowered the water temperature a few degrees, although it is climbing slightly.      Snook are still lingering around the islands in north Pinellas but are very apprehensive to eat. They are mostly staging, awaiting the right time to head deep into the back country for winter. As usual for this time of year, our main focus has been trout. Although the numbers aren’t quite what coming months will bring, they are beginning to show up. Light colored jigs worked near the bottom along the rocks and sand surrounding the spoil islands have been getting strikes. Live shrimp freelined during the falling tides have been best. Once a few fish are located, it doesn’t take long to get some bites from trout as well as the many small foraging fish. Pinfish, puffer fish and porgies can be a real nuisance for a live shrimp and artificials. Make long distance casts and reel in to cast again once the bait is halfway back. Trout tend to keep their distance, yet the small predators will continue to nip the bait all the way to the boat. If the trout are not getting a chance to eat because of the small competitors, move a few yards and try again. And remember, trout are finicky and don’t like a half-eaten shrimp.