GO FISHING is a daily look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Fred Everson.
Weak tides and wet weather combined to slow things down this week. I went trout fishing early one morning with clients at the beginning of the week and we caught one trout and one ladyfish. The tide was barely moving between the high at daybreak and the low at 11 a.m., and the water at Pinellas Point was unusually murky. The trout we caught measured 18 inches and hit a 57 MS MirrOlure. My clients were Kevin Mulkern and his daughter Dorothy, who were visiting from Honolulu.
Kevin hooked a good fish on his fly rod, but it was a bluefish that eventually got his teeth on the leader.
Later that morning we idled into Little Cockroach Bay to try for redfish with some cut bait. We had one fish break off in the roots, and that was the only bite we had.
Fishing gets tougher by the day this time of year with water and air temperature in the low 90s. I try to schedule most of my trips early in the morning and quit before noon.
Midday summer fishing is rarely productive in the shallows I like to fish.
Friday it was still calm at 10:30 a.m., so I ran the buoys between Bahia Beach and the Kitchen in search of a tripletail or cobia. The tide was running out pretty strong, and I didn't see any cobia, but I did catch some keeper-sized mangrove snapper on a soft plastic lure.
I think fishing the cans is more productive when the tide is slack. I also checked a couple of tarpon spots, but didn't see much there.
Captain Chet Jennings had a great day on snook Thursday. He said the bite really took off in front of the first of the afternoon thunderstorms. He also said finding bait was getting harder every day.
Visit captain Fred Everson's Web site at Tampabayfishing