The mango frenzy continues unabated. Arriving a couple hours before sunup, a five fish limit of tasty 12-15″ snapper is almost a given nowdays. Plenty of hard fighting grouper mixed in, too. The big ones are measuring 20″… still no keepers, but the laws of probability state that I’m due any day now.
The key to the bigger Mangos is big bait- cut sardines are doing the trick. A flourocarbon leader also helps the cause. And being on the right spot doesn’t hurt- while there are a few keepers under the dock, there are thousands of 5-9″ fish swarming there. The bigger fish are located on the rockpiles 20-80 feet in front of the pier.
Snook season is just a week and a half away, and there are dozens milling under the lights of the Merry Pier in St. Pete Beach in the wee hours of the morning. You can hear them ‘popping’ bait from every direction. Take note of the fact that 100% of them will completely disappear at 11:59 p.m. on August 31.