Tampa Bay Snapper Season

Saturday fishing was a bust, thanks to tropical storm Barry. The lower sections of Merry Pier were literally underwater, as the storm tides peaked in the early afternoon.

Sunday was a different story. My buddy Tim cruised in from Tampa with a bucket of shrimp, and we proceeded to have an excellent afternoon of fishing. Upon arrival at noon, the tides were sluggish, and so were the fish. But as the tides began to recede, the bite picked up.

One thing I will say about Merry Pier- it can offer great variety. We caught:

  • 5-5-07catch520.jpgMangrove Snapper
  • Grouper
  • Redfish
  • Whiting
  • Pinfish
  • Catfish
  • Sand Perch

And, we saw a small snook brought up. Dinner consisted of pan fried snapper (including a very nice 15″ fish that Tim bagged) and a 20″ redfish, blackened. Pictures to follow (once I figure out how to post them). We had a couple of monster hits, so there are definately some larger fish lurking around. Heard reports from last week of cobia, blackfin shark, and tarpon in the immediate vicinity.

Now that the water temperature’s in the 80’s, the fishing should continue to improve throughout the summer.

One Response to “Tampa Bay Snapper Season”

  1. Tim Says:

    And a good time was had by all… I will try to drop a photo in to this reply but no promises. (to no avail)
    A little late on the sunscreen as a result I ended up like our fish at the end of the day- fried.
    It was all good…