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Date of Issue: September 27, 2007

Reds, snook hot in bays, snapper everywhere

It’s all redfish all the time in the bays right now. Despite the wet weather, fishers are having a fine time in the backwater with reds, trout and snook, although the linesiders are running a bit on the small side as of late.

 Offshore, look for amberjack, kingfish, grouper and some snapper.

 Annamae Lahay at Corky's Live Bait, Tackle & Snack Shop on Cortez Road said fishing has been “fantastic. The Intracoastal Waterway off Longboat Key has been active with snook being caught on ‘select’ live shrimp. Mangrove snapper are being caught using ‘regular’ shrimp, plus grouper and red snapper, as well as flounder and redfish.” She said that Palma Sola Bay has been a real hot spot for redfish of nice size and some spotted sea trout. Annamae also offered a reminder that redfish fins should be snipped, put on ice and turned in to Corky’s to assist Mote Marine Laboratory in a redfish research project.

 Grady Smith at Island Discount Tackle at Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said sheepshead and snapper are a good catch right now, with a few tarpon still being hooked up.

 Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier anglers are catching snapper, snook, cobia and ladyfish, plus an occasional barracuda.

 Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said fishing has slowed a bit, but there are still some catches of snook, mangrove snapper and a couple of sharks that were too big to land. Mackerel are hitting well in the morning as well.

 Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said there are lots of big reds and trout being caught in Terra Ceia Bay, plus lots of smallish snook.

 Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters said he’s found fishing to have been great “until the weather got windy. On our last trip, we traveled 55 miles out in the Gulf to 180-foot waters, where we caught gag grouper, red grouper, American red snapper, mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper, tilefish and amberjack, plus lots of sharks and barracuda.” Capt. Larry said he’s using both live and artificial bait in the deeper water. While in the 40-foot zone in the Gulf, he’s doing well with big Spanish mackerel and a few kingfish. “There are also lots of sharks there eating the mackerel,” he said.

Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of Parrot Cove Marina said “heavy rains and winds of the hybrid storm of last week really kick-started the water temperature going down. The average water temp in the area dropped to the low 80s, and that should be the catalyst in getting things movin' and shakin' going into late September.” His catches of the week included snapper, redfish, trout and snook in the backwater, with snapper, Spanish mackerel, sharks, gag grouper and some cobia in the Gulf.

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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