Good morning everyone, Phil here with the weekend Singer island report..
Sat Evening- arrived around 630 and we got started. Decided to try some shrimp on the rocks due to the success I’ve had the past few weeks. Seemed the only thing coming up were little grunts – not much bait around as the sun was going down. As the evening went on we pulled up 1 nice sized mutton snapper before we called it a night. We had numerous visitors on the beach (turtles) and felt it best to call it a night so they can do there business.
Bait of choice was whole sardines-
Sunday- Arrived at the usual spot around 10am. Everyone had lines in the water so I got started. I had picked up 3 dozen live shrimp in hopes of the rocks producing some snapper, rather than the plethora of grunts the evening before. Set up my first rig and got started…..
BAM no sooner than it hits the water first snapper on, a little mangrove on the small side comes up and returned safely to his home. It would seem if I had any kind of slack in my line as it hit the water my bait was gone by the time the weight hit the bottom. As the next hour and a half passed, I had limited out on mangroves from 13-15 inches. After limiting out I tested a few other baits to see what the fish would do. They didnt blink an eye to greenies or baby mullet. Little wind, with a decently strong north current, I’d say 5 knots or so. Water color was murky on the rocks.
Bait of choice- live shrimp hooked as if it was a fresh water jig as well as DOA bait buster style hooking.
On a side note saw 2 things that had me concerned, while the ladies were in the water they noticed a fish playing possum or so they thought. we walked over to them and saw a dead slot snook just washing around in the surf. didnt see any trauma to the fish so not sure what got him. About an hour later we see some sun tanners walking by the shore and start pulling out a dead shark. Again no clue what took these 2 animals out, but very disturbing to see fish like that floating in my fishing back yard.
This report is for Anglins Fishing Pier
Well, fishing has been on the better side this week. Keeper yellowtail snappers every day this week, also Mutton snappers and blue runners as well. A hogfish on Monday, Tuesday Triggers, Cuda’s, YT snapper. Things really heated up on Wednesday with a large school of 100 or so of 35-40 lb Jack Crevalles as they came by a few were hooked, but if they didn’t break you off, they spooled you. Not one was brought in at Anglins Fishing Pier. A nice 50+ Tarpon was landed.Tarpon are passing more consistently and the same person also caught a nice Mutton yesterday. (person holding the Mutton is not who caught it.) Horse eye Jacks, a lot of Mangrove snapper around using live shrimp under the pier, a good amount of Cero Macks were caught yesterday between 4 and 5 lbs.
So, if you like Tarpon fishing the time is NOW for the next few weeks it should be good.
Greenies on the pier shadowline in the day, Goggle eyes aren’t real thick and you have to hunt them down. Pilchards in and out due to the predators hanging close to the pier. Small schools of ballyhoo in and out, crabs when the water is a little dirty and you need current – micro Baits in the trough.
Find the bite and catch the fish, Tommy A aka the Boatlessfisherman…a Fishing Friend
Tarpon have showed up in the eggmont channel, Reds are on the flats, and a few gator trout can still be had on the grass as well.
Skyway piers are still holding Mackeral early morning and late evening. Blue crabs are moving on the outgoing tide.
Anna Maria pier is holding Macks as well. Mangrove Snapper have started to move in, use greenies or shrimp on a small to medium hook and toss under the pier, there are many keepers to be had with a few 1 to 3 pounders mixed in, take extra hooks and leader.. you wil get broke off occasionally.
Boca Grande pass has been full of Tarpon, a possible record was just caught last week in the PTTS tournament. Unofficially it was reprted at 210lbs caught by Jim Philleps.
I also spoke to a few of the commercial fishermen today. The oil is still about 100 miles of f the west coast. they have had great yields on their catches, but are having a hard time selling because of fear of tainted fish. There was a meeting held for all local captains and anglers to look into a class action lawsuit against BP for lost revenue. The outcome of that meeting will be made available in a few days. Thanks for your time…
With the mangrove snapper spawn coming in a month or so, decent size snapper should still be around the bridges before they head out to deeper water.
Tarpon are still pretty abundant around the keys bridges and on the flats. While driving down on Saturday afternoon, local fishing guides were packed up on the flat before Ann’s Beach. Pulled over to the side of the road to a happy customer jumping a tarpon on fly. I wish I could say he landed it, but like most tarpon he managed to unhook himself. At this flat like many others in the keys, many wade out and fish. I wasn’t able to check out many bridges, but around the 7 mile bridge the tarpon are stacked up as if they were trapped in a fishbowl waiting for their daily meal. Pinfish and crabs should work just fine!
Great weekend out on Singer island! It was a hot one out there on Sunday, water color was clear, water temp was about 75 degrees. I’d say 5 knot current going North, wind was about 8 knots blowing North West. PLENTY of bait. Jacks running just a casts nets throw from shore with greenies,mullet and silversides residing on the intracoastal side.
The morning started off with nice action with Mutton Snapper and some Grovers along the rocks. We perched up on a submerged rock and got started. Bait of choice was live shrimp. We released all snappers that were caught to fight another day.
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