Reds still best bet in backwater; grouper good offshore, too
|Redfish to die for
Nate Davis of Plant City caught this 32-inch-long redfish while fishing with Capt. Tom Chaya aboard the Dolphin Dreams.
|Yahoo for this wahoo
Capt. Waldo Pardue, of Holmes Beach, caught this wahoo while on a fishing trip to Islamorada. He also boated some dolphin and tuna.
Look for redfish and snapper in the backwaters for the best action right
now, although early snook season reports are promising.
Offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for grouper and snapper is
also good. There are some reports of dolphin, wahoo and amberjack coming
from the offshore anglers as well.
Bill Lowman at Island
Discount Tackle at Catchers Marina in Holmes
Beach said snook season started with a bang, with good reports of keeper-size
fish along the Island beaches. There are plenty of redfish coming from
the seagrass flats in the bays, he said, with best results coming from
lower tides. Offshore action for dolphin, wahoo and tuna is good for
those willing to troll for the fish, and bottom fishing for grouper and
snapper is great at the 100-foot depths.
Capt. Sam Kimball, out
of Annie’s Bait & Tackle on Cortez Road, said
putting his charters onto grouper, snapper, mackerel, triggerfish and amberjack. Capt.
Mark Johnson, also out of Annie’s, said his backwater fishing
is producing good snook fishing, as well as a few redfish. He added that he’s
finding snapper to be almost everywhere.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel
Pier said there are lots of snapper catches, plus redfish, yellowtail
and some 37-inch snook being caught at the pier.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna
Maria City Pier said there are some linesiders being caught
at night, plus mackerel, snapper and jacks being reeled in during the
Dave Johnson at Snead
Island Crab House said the big catches he’s seeing are snapper,
redfish and snook, with some really big linesiders being caught in the Manatee
At Tropic Isle Marina, reports
include redfish coming out of Terra Ceia Bay, snapper
near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and snook from Miguel Bay.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show
Me The Fish Charters said he’s finding fishing to be good. “We
are catching a variety of fish - gag and red grouper,
scamp, American red snapper, mangrove snapper, cobia, kingfish, sharks
and bonita.” He took
Brian Judd of Bradenton out last week, who hooked a
wahoo that broke the line. He’s finding the best action to be about
40 to 50 miles offshore. “Fishing
is improving daily as we move closer to fall,” Capt. Larry added.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on
the Dee-Jay II out of Parrot Cove Marina said that
the summer’s overall fishing action “has been above average. Thankfully,
there has been no red tide problems, so the water quality is as about as good
as I've seen it. A lack of heavy summer rains in the estuary has the water temperatures
way up, but the lack of rain with its attendant runoff of nutrients has more
than likely helped with no algae blooms to speak of.” He said that the
best catches last week were redfish, mangrove snapper, snook and trout, with
reds running up in the 30-plus-inch range. “Snook have been a little tough
to catch during the daylight hours,” he noted, “with most running
small and keepers hard to come by. The speckled trout are scattered but numerous,
running on the small side but perseverance will pay off with some slot fish and
a few gators.” He’s also catching jacks, big ladyfish, bluefish,
mackerel and sharks in Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola Bay and Anna Maria Sound.
my boat Magic, we’ve
caught more than 20 redfish on every trip this week, some better than 30 inches
in length. There are also lots of mangrove snapper to 15 inches around as well,
and we got one keeper-size snook.
Good luck and good Fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for persons in the picture along with information on the catch and a name and phone number for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear in the paper.