June turned out to be a fantastic month for mangrove snapper fishing in St. Pete Beach. The run started early, and the fish were big – and hungry! As usual, live shrimp proved the best bait, although some nice ones have been taken on micro-greenbacks and small pinfish. There have been some quality fish, in excess of 15″ and three pounds, and there have been plenty of 8″ to 12″ mangos as well. Last weekend, I managed over a hundred between me and my fishing buddies, although we only kept the largest ones. Remember, 5 fish per person, and a minimum size of 10″ overall.
Next up – gag grouper season, which begins today. I’ll be after them hard over the long holiday weekend, and should have a report next week.