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Date of Issue: April 13, 2006

Fishing
Fishing pic
Keepers all
Happy fishers from a day on the water at Stray Dog Charters with Capt. Scott Greer are, from left, Dan Pelton, Bob Felker, Ray Reineck, Brook Reineck, Sue Felker and Max Sulzberger.

Can't get much better than this offshore: Grouper, snapper, amberjack


Whitebait is a good harbinger of good fishing and, after a brief hiatus and what we all hope was the last cold front of the season, the little baitfish are back and thick for the taking.

Backwater fishing continues to be good for sheepshead, but redfish, snook and even a few flounder are also starting to appear.

Offshore is just drop-dead great for grouper, snapper and amberjack.

Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez Road said he's catching small redfish and snook, with artificial bait working the best for the best action.

Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishing is "red hot right now, with snook, redfish and sheepshead inshore, while offshore it's grouper, snapper and amberjack."

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters said bluntly that "fishing has been awesome this past week. Snapper fishing is still the hot ticket to target. Most of our clients have been catching their federal aggregate limit of snapper, which is 10 per person. We have been catching large mangrove, yellowtail and lane snapper, as well as some large gag, red, and scamp grouper." He also put one charter onto a 7-foot-long blacktip shark. He's been fishing in 115-foot depths in the Gulf of Mexico, using live Key West grunts, pinfish, frozen Spanish sardines for the grouper hookups, and live shrimp for the snapper.

Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said he's hearing good things about snook coming out of Terra Ceia Bay. There are also lots of sheepshead still being caught near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area, plus lots of redfish, with some fishers reporting more than 50 hookups per trip.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said he's seeing a good batch of good-sized fish coming to the decks: Sheepshead, a few pompano, whiting and drum.

Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said he's seeing a bunch of snook coming onto the dock at night, plus a few mackerel during the day, plus some flounder.

Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said his charters have been catching some good-size snook, a few keeper-size redfish, and whitebait have returned after the cold front chased them off for a bit.

At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include sheepshead No. 1 coming into the dock still, but there are more and more redfish getting caught in the Palma Sola Bay area.

At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include a few sheepshead from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area, but there are also lots of reports of good-sized redfish inside of Miguel Bay, as well as a few mackerel coming in from the bays.

Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of Annie's said that water warmed quickly after the most recent - and probably last - cold front of the season. "Fishing action was hot and cold over the week," he said. "The best day was enjoyed by Warren Larson and his two grandsons, from Portage, Ind. The trio boated around 10 snook, 25 trout and a handful of jack, sheepshead and ladyfish. All of the fish were released. Dick Kowal of Holmes Beach also boated a nice 27-inch snook." Capt. Zach said most of the action is taking place at the change of the tide using both shrimp and whitebait. "The most notable catch was the spotted sea trout in Anna Maria Sound. The trout were not huge but ranged from 14 to 17 inches and were found over deep seagrass. Trout have been pretty scarce in the area and the catch was very encouraging."

On my boat Magic, we caught more than 100 sheepshead last week, with most up to 6 pounds, plus some mangrove snapper and limit-catches of redfish on every trip.

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 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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