Â Well… almost made it offshore on Saturday. I showed up at the Merry Pier in St Pete Beach for a little fishing aboard the Miss Pass-A-Grille, only to find out that the 1/2 day trip had been cancelled. So, as I was chatting with the Captain of The Getaway, I found that they were booked on a full day charter- but the fishermen had not arrived. 8:00 a.m. came and went, and by 8:30, the Cap’n said- “Let’s head out”! About that time, though,Â the tourists showed up, and my plans were quashed.
So, fishing from the Pier, I rounded up the usual suspects- snapper, grouper, flounder, Macks and trash fish. Fun, but nothing noteworthy (although one angler drifting a live pinfish under the dock scored a small snook).
The Getaway returned in the afternoon as the seas were building. They scored a half dozen decent amberjack, some nice mangos, and a lone gag grouper. Not a bad day!
Now that the big cold front has moved through, expect fishing to change- perhaps dramatically. I expect to see sheepshead and whiting begin to show up, and perhaps some larger grouper. There were reports of a few legal size gags caught on the Pier over the last week- perhaps a good omen!