Friday marked the first day of Spring, and fishing in the Tampa Bay area is really starting to take off. During the last week, I saw the first small snapper of the year; the firs school of whitebait; the first few needlefish; and I caught my first 2009 snook, pictured above. At 25″, it was released quickly, but I know where there are bigger ones lurking.
Sunday was a perfect day for fishing, so Tim cruised over from Tampa and we hit the docks on Blind Pass for sheepshead. The bite was steady throughout the day on fiddlers and mud crabs, even through a couple of tide changes. Tim managed a few trout and ladyfish on corked shrimp, just to provide some variety.
We didn’t manage to land any huge fish, but we catch around 30 or so altogether, including the 9 keepers pictured above. The weather was picture perfect, the water was nice and clear, and the fish were cooperative. Can’t ask for any more than that!