Daily fishing report St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Waters along the beaches are still being affected by Red Tide. A tarpon fishing trip along Manatee County’s beaches Saturday revealed dead and dying fish from Longboat Key Pass to New Pass from the shoreline to a mile offshore.
The waters off Anna Maria Island aren’t much better. The typically clear waters are brown and diving birds and schools of bait are absent.
Conditions along Pinellas County’s beaches are improving. Tarpon anglers in north county have reported sporadic activity, but anglers on Redington Long Pier remain frustrated with the few silver kings.
Northern Tampa Bay has remained clear of the toxic bloom. Large schools of greenbacks can be seen on the surface from the Howard Frankland to the Courtney Campbell bridges. On Thursday, we encountered a school of tarpon ambushing a school of glass minnows and juvenile shad near the Bayside Bridge.
Tarpon in the upper bay roam a lot and are rarely seen in the same place on consecutive days. With the availability of bait in that area, it’s a good bet they may not roam too far.
Get your running lights working and change the batteries in your spotlights. If there is any good tarpon fishing left, it likely will be on the upcoming full moon and after dark.
–Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.