St. Petersburg USA fishing report

St. Petersburg USA fishing report

Daily fishing report
While the offshore grouper bite has remained hot, there are also those catching grouper without a boat. Though there have been grouper caught along the Sunshine Skyway by boaters for years, the last month has seen an unprecedented number caught by those fishing from piers. Pier operators reported two dozen keepers caught in a single day a week ago at the north Skyway fishing pier. The largest weighed 14 pounds. On a recent trip I observed, an angler caught three in a half hour. Another couple of regulars reported landing five in a day. Almost all of the activity occurs on the outgoing tide.

Some will flyline pinfish out with the tide to the edge of the artificial reefs made from the old bridge rubble running perpendicular to the span. Others will use weight to cast either minnows or shrimp 40 to 50 feet to the concrete debris from the demolished part of the old Skyway. Hardcore anglers will take advantage by fishing both sides. Realizing there were 18 reefs dumped along the 3,000-foot north pier, there are also as many or more opportunities along the south pier. According to south pier operators, there were 65 more reefs placed along its 8,250 feet.

In the meantime, don’t wait any longer to begin twisting wire. Crabbers have reported increasing numbers of mackerel crashing bait schools off Redington Beach. With a dip in the water temperature and the inevitable cooling as fronts pass, numbers of kingfish could appear any day.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142
By JAY MASTRY, Times Correspondent

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