Daily fishing report St. Petersburg The fishing has been good and the catch varied this week.
We have caught amberjack, red grouper, gag grouper, American red snapper, mangrove snapper, bonita, Spanish mackerel and barracuda. There is live bait from the tripods outside the inlets to 125 feet. On Monday aboard the Mega-Bite, Chris Clark led a group of anglers to some of the largest gag groupers we have caught this year. The largest fish weighed 41 pounds and there were several others in the 20- to mid 30-pound range. They caught the fish in 185 feet west of Clearwater. The grouper ate live pinfish and bluerunners. In addition they caught several American red snapper, the largest at 17 pounds. Grouper have been biting mostly in water deeper than 100 feet. They seem to be concentrated in areas of Swiss cheese bottom. In most cases, the largest fish has been caught on the third or fourth drop as they appear to be holding back until the feeding frenzy is under way. Wrecks in 100 to 125 feet are holding large numbers of amberjack. Most of them have been less than 25 pounds. They are the perfect size to catch on fly rod. They can be chummed to the surface with a live chum slick of white bait where they will eat any fly thrown in their direction. The smaller jacks also are perfect for eating, just be sure to bleed them as you put them on ice.
Mike Whitman charters the Mega-Bite out of Gulfport. Call 727 384-5729, view the Web site at www.megabitecharters.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org