Mangrove Snappers OFF THE CHAIN!

Mangrove Snappers OFF THE CHAIN!

mangrove snapper

Luckily the mangrove snapper bite was off the chain this past weekend for us around 120ft of water. We saw some big mangroves through the night biting well and even in the daytime we still picked em fairly consistently. The largest mangrove we caught was around the 9lb range which is quite a monster mangrove snapper. They loved lighter tackle since the water clarity is so great right now, they definitely were preferring the 30-40lb leaders and the double snelled 5-6ot hooks and chunk of the threadfin plug. While targeting the mangroves like this we also caught plenty of large vermillion snapper, some big porgies, a few almaco jacks, and even some of the grouper too like the red grouper, scamp grouper, and those yummy strawberry groupers. We even had a 2.76lb red hind or strawberry grouper. This doesn’t sound like a monster but when most are 8-14 inches a nearly 22inch nearly 3lb one is a gigantic fish!

The pelagic action was going well during this recent 39 hour trip too we saw some monster kingfish, some nice blackfin tuna and we even had around a 80lb wahoo swim up to our boat and do some circles. Unfortunately, that wahoo wasn’t ready to eat anything. We threw lures, live baits, dead baits and everything but the kitchen sink at him but nothing was enticing him to chew. Still a great sight and a good sign of what is to come when we re-open to go out deep sea fishing once again April 7th.

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  • Nearshore ·

Hungry Fish Nearshore

The fish were hungry and waiting for us to return at the start of the week. Later this past week we faced rough weather Thursday due to the front and the Tuesday all day had a little slower bite than we would have liked but we still caught some great fish.
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  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing Offshore

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  • Inshore ·

Great Action Before Full Moon

This past week brought some great action inshore especially at the start of the week before the full moon and front that moved by yesterday.
  • Offshore ·

Triggerfish Harvest Upcoming

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  • Inshore ·

Snook Action Heats Up

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  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing this Time of Year

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  • Nearshore ·

Great Kingfish Action Nearshore

Kingfish action has been great near shore lately and there is plenty of mackerel around too mixed in among the kings. From the Skyway all the way out of the shipping channel is a great spot to start looking for the bait schools. However, simply trolling around the channel will work well to produce plenty of mackerel and some nice kingfish too.
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  • Inshore ·

Great Fishing Inshore Despite COVID-19

We are unfortunately closed due to the COVID-19 issues around our area, and we will remain closed through April. Tentatively planning and hoping to Open up Friday May 1st but time will tell. However, we still have some great fishing report information from our area to share with you guys!
mangrove snapper
  • Offshore ·

Snapper Excited by Full Moon

The Snapper action offshore this week, like near shore, was excited by that full moon. The nighttime fishing around 1-2 days ahead of the full moon is my favorite followed by a few days behind the moon.
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  • Nearshore ·

Tampa Nearshore Report

Hogfish are still biting near shore around 30-70ft of water. They have definitely slowed a bit from the cooler moths, but there’s still a decent chance of finding a few ready to eat near shore.