April 9th, 2017
March 23rd, 2017
February 13th, 2017
After a VERY long hiatus, I finally got offshore on Running with Scissors, a 10 meter Trojan, with Harris, Capt. Dick and the crew. Conditions could not have been more perfect, with calm seas, warm temps and a light breeze. We anchored, set up a chumline and immediately started catching yellowtail snapper. It wasn’t long before the ‘critically endangered’ amberjacks and goliath grouper joined the party. When we had a snapper hooked, the real battle was getting it past the barracuda, AJ’s and hungry goliaths. All in all, a great trip, and we’re already making plans for the next one- a full moon overnighter.
January 5th, 2017
October 11th, 2016
We’ve reached the slowest time of the year for Pass-A-Grille fishing, as the bait has left, the water temps are in the low 60’s, and cold fronts blow through weekly. Still, there are some fish to be caught.
September 12th, 2016
August 22nd, 2016
The last few weeks have been boom-or-bust for Pass-A-Grille fishing, as a red tide outbreak has visited the area sporadically. There’s still plenty of bait around, with Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish hammering the schools. The snapper bite is trailing off, but a few larger snapper still lurk by the pilings. Snook have been scarce, as have been redfish and drum. The flounder bite is starting to pick up, a good indication that it could be a banner Fall.
Meanwhile, red tide has bloomed to the south, with some reports of medium concentrations in South Pinellas County. There have been a lot of dead fish visible at high tide, and the smell of red tide is evident on some days. With a steady North wind forecast over the next week, the dead fish and red tide should clear out soon.
This is my friend Scott’s son, with an 8 foot sturgeon – an amazing catch, but NOT caught in Florida:
June 15th, 2016
May 9th, 2016
The dog days of summer are upon us – and the fishing is great! Hanging out at Merry Pier with Juan, Mike, Roger, Kiven, Joe, Dick, Carter and the rest of the locals, we’ve been hauling in snapper – lots of snapper! Some big ‘uns, too. Along with grouper, snook, flounder, sharks, macks and more. See for yourself:
April 11th, 2016
Spent the last few weekends fishing at Merry Pier in Pass-A-Grille. Plenty of glass minnows, but the whitebait and greenbacks have yet to make an appearance. As always, wind, tides and water clarity are big factors in how strong the bite is. Overall, it has not been spectacular, but the variety has been amazing, including gag and red grouper, snook, sheepshead, redfish, mangrove snapper, black drum, flounder, Spanish mackerel, lane snapper and more. Each week should continue to improve. A few recent catches: