I had the opportunity to head out with Capt. Chris Wiggins and Capt. Brett Norris, along with the “Fishing with Bill Miller” film crew, in search of triple tail this week.
We cruised the markers and stone crab buoy lines until we saw the triple tails hanging near the buoys. A DOA plastic shrimp tossed where the triple tail could see it resulted in an immediate bite. A cut-fresh greenback also worked.
Big schools of thrashing false albacore are in the ship channel near Egmont Key. After catching some triple tail we cruised up slowly near the feeding frenzy and cast top water plugs and flies into the action; the hook ups were spectacular and fast.
Spanish mackerel and kingfish slowed down some after the front passed through. There are still some here off the beaches and expect more to be here any day. They may have moved down off Anna Maria because Capt. Mac Gregory called to say he could walk on them down there.
Paul and Tony Pizzo, Rick Bourkard and John Thrift, fishing with Capt. Billy Miller, caught some big Spanish mackerel slow trolling scaled sardines off St. Pete Beach. Finding clear water and bait schools was the key to action. Big Spanish mackerel are coming fast over the railings at The Redington Pier, reports Capt. Eddie Herrington. Silver spoons retrieved at a fast pace and a greenback under a cork has been the top technique. Lots of bait fish are around the pier.
Michael Fraser had a big day north of Anclote Key. Fraser found a school of thrashing mackerel and caught them steady all morning using a top water YoZuri.
Kingfish and grouper were biting for Kande Puretz and Cheryl Vaughan south of the Egmont ship channel. Fishing in 35-45 feet of water, using both live and dead bait, produced fast action on keeper sized fish.
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