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Date of Issue: September 01, 2010

Despite heat, mangrove snapper bite improves

Abby Purdum, 9, left, Allison Purdum, and Mimi Purdum, of Columbus, Ohio, with part of their catch of red and gag grouper. The sisters were using live pinfish in about 80 feet of depth offshore of Anna Maria Island while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire.

George Thomas of Wales, U.K., with a 22-inch speckled trout he caught last week fishing with his father Peter on a charter trip with Capt. Mark Howard. The family was on vacation to Anna Maria Island.

Anglers would still be wise to fish an early-morning bite for inshore redfish and trout. The bite for many anglers continues to shut off around 10 a.m. At that time, fishers might consider looking for shark off the beaches, or in open waters of Tampa Bay. Any cooler, deeper waters around midday and afternoon channels or docks have a better chance at producing a catch.

Finally, the mangrove snapper bite seems to have picked up in the past week around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and near-shore reefs and wrecks.

Capt. Steven Salgado said he’s been catching mangrove snapper, grouper, sharks and trout off the beaches, tarpon in the passes and trout, redfish and an occasional flounder in local bays.

Capt. Logan Bystrom said he’s been targeting shark and also catching keeper mangrove snapper and grouper on close wrecks. He also has seen some permit at 15-20 pounds about 13 miles offshore. He said the redfish bite has been decent, and bait off the beaches is starting to show back up in bigger sizes.

Capt. Warren Girle said an offshore trip last week to a 7-mile reef produced three keeper grouper to 26 inches, six mangrove snapper, one triggerfish and a ton of Spanish mackerel. “I didn’t think mackerel stayed around that long,” Girle said. “Normally by late summer they’re gone. I’ve been getting them in the bay on bait schools all summer, but there’s a ton of them 7 miles out.”

Annamae Lahay from Corky’s Live Bait & Tackle said spotted sea trout are quite plentiful in the waters around the flats in Palma Sola Bay, Sarasota Bay and the Manatee River.

The redfish are plentiful in potholes and docks where they love to stay during the hot temperatures. “Quite a few fishermen have been bragging how many redfish they have been landing on live shrimp,” she said. “A lot of the redfish tend to be oversized, which, like the spotted sea trout, must be released back into the waters.”

She said some fishers have reported seeing quite a few snook in certain areas. “Please, do not overkill these,” Lahay said, “as they are trying to make it back from the horrible cold winter…. Catch and release should be everyone’s motto this year.”

Also being hooked in the inland waters are mangrove snapper, ladyfish, bluefish, pinfish, Spanish mackerel and other species.

She said Spanish mackerel chunks tend to be great bait for shark fishing, which has been quite good around Longboat Key Pass and the northern tip of Anna Maria by Bean Point. There are reports of sharks of 2 to 3 feet in length and beyond 6 feet in length. “Shark are very challenging and fun to catch,” she said. The evening hours are the best times to target shark.

“Make sure if you are going to keep a shark that you know what species it is, so that you are not caught with an illegal species,” Lahay added.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said his clients are catching a lot of gag and red grouper, large amberjack, Spanish mackerel, lots of blacktip, lemon, and reef sharks, big barracudas, porgies, mangrove snappers and some catch-and-release goliath grouper. McGuire said that Nick Victor-Smith from Anna Maria Island caught-and-released a goliath grouper around 350 pounds and then quickly jumped in the water to swam with the fish for a photo before the release. McGuire said his parties are catching grouper from 50-130 feet. “Going deep in the summer heat always gets the big boy,” he said.

The Spanish macks, McGuire is noticing, are close in on the near-shore reefs, and the sharks are in the bay and even a mile off the beach “chasing Jet-Skiers far offshore.”

Phil Kurkland from the Sunshine Skyway south fishing pier said anglers there are catching pompano, Spanish mackerel in the morning, a few grouper here and there on an outgoing tide, some mangrove snapper at night and sharks. He said anglers can likely find trout in the shallows. He said the pompano have been caught on Love’s Lures and Goofy jigs with a small teaser.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters said hot weather and hot fishing has been the “flavor of the week.” He reported speckled trout fishing has been on fire with 40-fish days the norm.

“The speckled trout have been mixed in size with some over 20 inches,” Howard said. “I’ve been using circle hooks so as to not gut hook the fish and using a ‘release tool’ to minimize the handling of the fish.” He added live shiners have been the bait of choice.

Redfish are starting to school around their traditional gathering places, he said. Howard’s been working up in the mangroves when the tide is high and moving out to deeper water as the tide drops. Live and dead shiners have been working well, he said. “Cut chunks of thread fin herring also has been working,” he added.

The mangrove snapper bite is heating up, he said, and the 1- and 3-mile reefs have been producing snapper up to 3 pounds on a variety of baits. “The secret to catching these tasty fish is to use a couple chum blocks to fire up the bite,” he said. “Also have a bucket of shiners to ‘sweeten’ the chum. A simple rig for mangrove snapper is to use a small jig head with your bait.”

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