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Brian Timmons shows off
his best snook of the day taken on a trip last week that
included more snook, oversized reds and trout.
Spring is here and
optimum fishing has just begun. We are off to a somewhat bumpy
start as the harsh winter is taking some time to recover from.
The end result has been some excellent days punctuated with a
few days not worthy of a mention. Rolling with the variables in
the weather patterns the last few years is staple in adjusting
to some unusual patterns of wild game.
Trout have been outstanding. When the bite light has been on,
catching 50 or more spawning sized trout has been a snap in our
south reaches. To the north, the first of the gators were taken
scattered the past few days. We are on a quarter moon now, it
would seem as we wax towards the new moon next week, the north
trout should be massed in all of the classic locations.
Snook are up to there
typical blazes of spring glory. One day they are on fire only to
be taking a siesta the next.I have been very impressed with the numbers of slot-sized
fish being taken in the area. However, I am concerned about the
numbers of over the slot trophy fish, as they seem fewer and
further between than ever. Perhaps now with the exposure of
scaled sardines and the number of people pursuing this most
prized fish, they are just savvier than ever. On the flats at
least, monster snook are eluding capture in the style
of what it was in just yesteryear.
Lindsey Clarke is all smiles for the
camera with an oversized red.
Reds have been outright tough to find. There was one huge
school pushing around in the backwater through last week. The
fish were very spooky and were biting best by soaking cut bait
on the flat that they were milling on. Monday strong southerly
winds accompanied and enhanced the big tides of the full moon
and the school was not to be seen again since. March and April typically
are great months for schooling reds; perhaps like
everything else, they are slightly behind a few weeks.
Nearshore, grouper and Spanish mackerel are being taken in
good numbers. The kings are just getting started which means the
permit and tarpon will be close behind.
A few giant tarpon have been jumped at night around the area
bridges. This is typical in pre-season as it is theorized these
are fish that have wintered here. Thus far it seems the
migration of is giant tarpon just getting started with some fish now showing
up in Key West Harbor. Traditionally that puts us 10 to 14 days
out. With Mother Nature spreading some sunshine upon us this
spring-we a looking forward to what should be the best giant
tarpon season in many years. Letís get it on!
Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!
Adam Bresovits shows off the best of
both worlds of the North Suncoast: shallow water grouper and
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