Saturday a fund raiser was held at the Drunken Clam Bar in St. Pete Beach to benefit the local Fire Department. There were games, live music, a silent auction – but the centerpiece was a ‘low country boil’, and a couple hundred pounds of live crawfish!
Cap’t. Dick headed an all star cast in the cooking tent. The low country boil consisted of fresh jumbo shrimp, corn on the cob, clams, sausage, red potatoes, crawfish and a whole lot of Cajun spices. It looked something like this:
Oh… and fishing is getting ready to bust loose! I hooked (and lost) my first snook of the year under the Merry Pier, using a jumbo shrimp. Sheepshead have invaded Pass-A-Grille. Some of the pilings on the pier had at least a dozen fish on them, but they’re still in spawning mode, so enticing them to bite is not an easy matter. Still, a few decent ones were landed.
And the Spanish Mackerel are in! At least the first couple of the season. The were hitting Gotcha’ lures and small spoons in the deeper water of the Tierra Verde Channel. I caught a few grouper hanging around the pilngs of the dock.
I ventured down to Ft. Desoto on Sunday for a picnic. I didn’t bring my tackle, but I did venture out on both piers. They were packed; there must have been a hundred lines in the water. But, other than a couple of ladyfish, I didn’t see a single fish caught. There were a lot of big whitebaits hanging out under the Gulf Pier, although the bait was absent on the Bay Pier.
With all of the warm sunny days recently, the water temperature is shooting up fast. Fishing is going to shift into high gear any day now!