Fishing is Hot, Summer is Here!!!

Large Snook on Clearwater Fishing Charters Snook are stacking up on the north Pinellas beaches for Clearwater Fishing Charters. The water temp is consistently in the low 80’s and they are eating with regularity. There are several swashes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs that are holding numbers of the smaller males, but the larger females are occupying structure like jetties or rockpiles. Greenbacks are still plentiful when chummed up on the flats although grunts and pinfish are getting attacked more often by the bigger fish. I like to hook those bigger baits near the tail, causing them to swim down and away from the boat. They cover more area and are likely to swim right into the strike zone. The trout bite has been spectacular lately. Many of the same regions that are productive for snook will hold the larger female trout. However, on a recent trip with kids for a local summer fish camp, we caught several trout by slowly drifting the grass flats in 3 to 6 feet of water, especially near to the passes. Using small sardines for bait we also caught jacks, ladyfish and small sharks. Tarpon are showing very good in the passes and along the beach. I’ve had success drifting larger baits like threadfins or pinfish under a float with about 6 feet of leader and a 4/0 circle hook. Once I locate a pod or a lane that they are traveling I will try to lead them a few yards.

Snook and Tarpon!!

Hi everyone! Summer is approaching fast and the fishing is fantastic! It’s been a great year so far! If you have fished with me in the past, please visit my TripAdvisor link available near the top of my website. I would really appreciate some feedback if you have time to post a review! I am ready to fill the few holes I have in the next couple of months so give me a call or an email. Here is the latest…

Snook are on the move in Clearwater and North Pinellas. Most of the springtime transition points have been vacated and the snook are staging around the passes and along the jetties and beach troughs. They are few in numbers so far, but once more of the larger females arrive, the smaller males will accompany them in greater numbers. Spawning takes place through the summer months creating a healthy appetite for the linesiders. Also the reason for the season closure on May 1st through September 1st for the west coast of Florida. If holding a snook for a picture, always support them under the belly, horizontally. This puts less pressure on their sensitive jaw and helps to release them as healthy as possible. Several baits can entice a snook to eat in the summer months such as sardines, threadfin herring and pinfish. Grunts are a very attractive source of protein for large snook. Fish the drop offs along the edges of the beach, especially in eddies and vortexes created by strong moving tides. Tarpon are making a slight showing from Clearwater Pass north to Three Rooker Bar. Mid to late May will see an increase in numbers of tarpon as they migrate from the south. Fishing with cut baits also known as “dead sticking” in known migration paths along the beach is an effective way to get an early season hook up, especially if the fish aren’t showing well. As they become more obvious, leading a group of fish with a bait under a cork is a very productive method to hook one of the strongest fish in Florida waters.

Snook on the Move!!

Fishing in North Pinellas is coming on strong. The water is starting to be consistently over 70 degrees at night and into the mid 70’s through the day. This has snook moving from their transition locations out to the passes and beaches. Although they aren’t eating veraciously yet, I expect the next strong moon phase approaching next week to set them off. The snook that are willing to bite have been eating large sardine and threadfins well. Stay as far away from the fish as possible, allowing your bait move with any current into the strike zone. Snook are well known for avoiding baits that aren’t presented naturally. The larger trout usually staged in St. Joseph Sound in the winter have begun to vacate the spoil islands and join the snook along the inside shoreline and troughs near beaches. Several 5 lb trout have been caught this week while fishing for the linesiders. Redfish schools are moving up to the mangroves on the higher tides. Cut pinfish are getting struck by most reds, although chumming with sardines can also get them fired up. Tarpon are showing on the shallow bars, in low numbers so far. May will see an increase in their migration northward. Sitting quietly in the migration lane just a few yards off of the shore and leading them with a crab, sardine or threadfin is a great technique for hooking up. Stealth is so vital to getting a close shot at one of these powerful fish.