Saturday produced ideal fishing conditions in St. Pete Beach – strong tides, clear water, moderate temperatures and a perfect summer breeze. Using cut frozen sardines drifted under the Merry Pier, Cap’t Dick and I secured a couple limits of big mangrove snapper, most in the 15″ range. The snapper bite remained strong until massive schools of pinfish, grunts and tomtates began to appear.
Grouper were also abundant, including a 21″ near-keeper that was hanging out on a ledge. As usual, big macks were harassing the bait schools (still small whitebait), and big snook occasionally shot out from under the dock through the bait.
Meanwhile, Tim from Tampa was blowing bubbles in the Keys, and bringing up some nice bugs: