Capt. Billy Miller was crowned “King of the Beach” for winning The Old Salts Fishing Club 20th Anniversary Fall Kingfish Tournament.
Kingfish continue to be steady along the Gulf beaches. Lots of bait schools have settled in from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater and the kingfish and Spanish mackerel are with them.
Trout fishing in Homosassa is good south of Chassahowitzka Point. Capt. William Toney likes the flat hard bottom areas with surrounding kelp grass. Dark colored Lil Johns bounced along the bottom is the top bait.
Redfish are schooling up big time for their fall spawn. Look for them on the flats near Tarpon Key and Jack Ass Key in the Ft. Desoto area. Pinellas Point and Weedon Island also have big schools hanging around.
This last new moon produced good tarpon fishing along the gulf beaches. Gag grouper season is open and anglers fishing shallow and deep rock piles are scoring with keeper gags.
Speckled trout, Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Snapper, and Tuna!
Tropical storm Andrea did not mess up the fishing as much as expected but it did reshuffle the deck. Fish may not be where they were before the storm.
Inshore flats fishing continues to be red hot around the Tampa Bay area.
Flats fishing has been great this week with grand slams common and many with total inches in the 90’s and 100’s.
Tarpon have moved into the Skyway Bridge in big numbers. I fished with Capt. Billy Miller this week on an incoming tide and we jumped 8 tarpon and landed 4.
Tim Collins and Todd Buck caught a fish of a lifetime this week reports Capt. Rafael Rios. Fishing 20 miles off Egmont Key, using a big greenback for bait, Collins and Buck landed a 58 pound kingfish. In all my years fishing this area I can’t remember a bigger kingfish being caught around here.
Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel continue to be easy catches for anglers, with good catches made at and inside the Skyway Bridge.
Kingfish showed up in good numbers from Boca Grande to Tarpon Springs. A sure sign the kingfish run is on is when some sailfish are caught. Capt. Dane Karcher caught a seven foot sailfish slow trolling a cigar minnow in the Egmont ship channel.
Mellissa Helms and Alice Boullosa had a great day trout fishing in the Ft. Desoto area with Capt. Dave Markett. Using white bait, Helms and Boullosa caught and released lots of trout with the biggest measuring 24 inches.
Lots of Spanish mackerel has moved well into Tampa Bay with good reports coming in from the Gandy Bridge area and the Apollo Beach Power plant.
Capt. Kevin Walton reports the spring kingfish are here. Walton and friends found them at the “Betty Rose” a local wreck approximately one mile south of the South County Reef.
A Great White shark was caught this week in the Gulf of Mexico off John’s Pass. Angler Fab Marchese, fishing with Capt. Joe Maisano, caught and released a 16-18 foot Great White weighing an estimated 2,500 and 3,000 pounds.
St. Patrick’s Day is the mythical start to the spring trolling season. Usually about this time the bait is migrating from offshore, and from the south, and with it come Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sharks, bonito and more.
St. Patrick’s Day is a good bench mark for the start of the kingfish run and it looks like the kings may be right on schedule.
John Deerin and friends, fishing with Capt. Billy Miller, loaded the boat with sheepshead up to 6 pounds fishing a shallow wreck in 6 feet of water this week. Fly lined, tail hooked shrimp cast to the edge of the structure produced instant bites during the morning tide. When the ...