Red Tide Returns to Pass-A-Grille

October 11th, 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.

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This is my friend Scott’s son, with an 8 foot sturgeon – an amazing catch, but NOT caught in Florida:


Crazy Redfish Bite in Pass-A-Grille!

September 12th, 2016

Sunday I fished at Merry Pier with Juan, Mike and Joe. Between us, we caught and released nearly 50 redfish over a 2 hours period! The school was mostly smaller fish, ranging from about 14″ to 24″. The bite was so crazy, Joe was even catching them on his newly-fashioned cane pole. Shrimp, Jennys, greeenbacks – they bit everything. There were even some flounder, black drum and snapper mixed in. We did keep our limit of redfish – one per person per day. While catching the occasional redfish at Merry Pier is not unusual, I’ve never seen action like this. What an awesome day!

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August Summertime Fishing in Pass-A-Grille

August 22nd, 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:

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Fishing is Picking Up in Pass-A-Grille

May 9th, 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:

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Spring Fishing Starts Slow

April 11th, 2016

Once again, we’re catching a little of everything – but not a lot of anything. Variety has been great, with sheepshead, mackerel, mangrove snapper, black drum, snook, red grouper and flounder all making an appearance. Still no sign of bait, although the recently hatched fry are getting thick. Some highlights:


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Freshwater fishing has been great this spring:


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Any Minute Now…

March 7th, 2016

Looks like the last cold front has blown through, and water temps should be warming over at least the next week or two. Soon, bait will return, and the predators will be right behind them. Meanwhile, things are slow, with the exception of sheepshead.

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February 2016 Merry Pier Fishing Report

February 22nd, 2016

OK, not too much to report. There have been regular fronts, stirring up the water, dropping the temperatures and bringing howling north winds. So, fishing has been pretty slow. But, not so slow that I don’t have a few catch pictures:

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2016 Fishing Report – St. Pete Beach, Fl

January 11th, 2016

It’s been an odd winter so far. Bait finally left for warmer water, but small mangrove snapper are still hanging around – don’t remember ever seeing them this late in the season. At Merry Pier in Pass-A-Grille, there are tons of big mullet hiding under the dock. A few redfish and drum are still around, but not like they were a month ago. Sheepshead are biting strong if you have fiddler or mud crabs.

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Thanksgiving Fishing – Flounder & Black Drum

December 3rd, 2015

Fall fishing is in full swing. Most (but not all) of the bait has moved south, and only a few stragglers are left from the hoards of mangrove snapper and mackerel that were so thick a few weeks ago. A few (very few) redfish, snook and grouper have been caught. But black drum and flounder have been on fire since the water turned cooler. The drum hang around the slips and under the dock at Merry pier, and will readily take a live shrimp (if the numerous puffers, filefish, and pinfish don’t get there first). Flounder to 20″ have been caught on mud minnows, root beer & white jigs, and live shrimp.

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