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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Fishing
Nice red
Ed Newton of Tampa caught this 32-inch-long redfish while fishing with Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams Charters.

Redfish action still red hot despite cold front

Rough seas and high winds from the weekend's cold front kept most anglers close to shore last week. However, for those willing to go out into the Gulf of Mexico, kingfish action continues to be fair, grouper are moving closer to shore and snapper are feeding well.

Backwater fishing for redfish remains excellent, and snook action continues to be good. Sheepshead apparently liked the cold front, and are starting to show up around any dock or pier in the area.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there are catching flounder, small redfish, black drum and lots of sheepshead in the wake of the weekend's cold front, with some of the sheepies coming in at better than 4 pounds.

At trip to the Anna Maria City Pier last Sunday turned up lots of stringers full of sheepshead, a few flounder, mackerel and black drum. Fishers told me shrimp was the best bait for the best catches.

Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez Road said he's catching redfish, snook and catch-and-release trout, with some of the reds stretching to 27 inches in length.

Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the cold front slowed fishing a bit because of the wind and cold and the fish not biting, but things should really pick up this week as the temps moderate. There are still a few kingfish being caught offshore, and grouper are still moving closer and closer to shore. There are good results coming from trolling for grouper to about 15 pounds in about 45 feet of water, he said, and redfish are still thick in the backwaters, as are catch-and-release trout.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters took Larry Wolfe and family to a catch of gag grouper to 20 pounds, mangrove snapper to 6 pounds and hogfish to 3 pounds, all caught in about 60 feet of water using live pinfish, shrimp, and frozen sardines. Capt. Larry also took the Bill Maxson fishing club out and caught 52 mangrove snapper to 6 pounds, gag grouper to 15 pounds and sharks to 4 feet in length.

Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said black drum up to 15 pounds in size are being caught by the Snead Island boat works, small snook are coming in from the railroad bridge in the Manatee River, and sheepshead and redfish are being caught near the structures.

Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said it was too rough to get out very much last week, but he targeted redfish in the bays with good results, plus lots of snook, although reds were his best bet.

Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's finding plenty of catch-and-release trout right now, and notes that sheepshead are starting to make a better appearance. He's also catching so many redfish near the docks in the bay that it was his best bet for the week.

Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of Catchers said grouper are definitely coming closer to the Island, as he's getting good catches within 15 miles from shore, including both reds and gags to 20 pounds, plus mangrove, lane and even a few yellowtail snapper.

Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he caught some keeper-size grouper, banded rudderfish, triggerfish, lane and mangrove snapper, mackerel and a few kingfish while fishing offshore.

Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of Annie's said he caught a few kingfish before the blow came through, plus mackerel off the beaches. In the bays, it was snook, redfish and lots of catch-and-release trout.

On my boat Magic we have been catching redfish in Terra Ceia and Miguel bays, with a many as 20 on each trip. We've also been catching mangrove snapper up to 18 inches in length near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Good luck and good fishing.

Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call him at 779-9607 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 news@islander.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.

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