Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June Snook Fishing near Clearwater FL


Wade fishing along the beaches and outer barrier Islands have been very productive this month.  The Snook like to cruise along the shoreline in very shallow water swimming in and out with the tides.  A very stealthy way of fishing is to get out of the boat and wade along the shoreline.  Some of the Snook will cruise by in groups and others swim by as singles.  Scaled Sardines for bait has been very productive as always.  Above is Chris from Connecticut releasing his first Snook which measured 34 inches.  Chris also caught a nice size Redfish from the same sandy shoreline.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April fishing report


April 2013 Fishing Report:  Large female Spotted Sea Trout were schooling up in the shallows a few weeks ago in March.  We were using Scaled Sardines tossed into two feet of water with great results.  I think the larger sea trout have learned to stay near the shallows and residential docks at night giving them a little protection from Flipper. We were actually looking for Redfish on a recent trip when we found a large school of female trout measuring up to 27 inches.  I would like to see a maximum limit of 26 inches on trout as these fish are all fat with roe.

Redfish are starting to show up more as the water gets a little warmer in April.  We have been doing well locating Redfish near the oyster bars on the higher stages of the tides.  Shrimp and fresh cut bait are working well on the Red Drum in these areas.  Remember to limit your boat noise as the fish are very spooky in two feet of water and less.

Kingfish are here now and hopefully will hang around into May.  I am not able to fish for the Kings very often as my boat is a flats boat and not made for off-shore fishing. However, on the calm mornings with an east wind I am able to venture a few miles out for the Spanish Mackerel, Kings and Bonita schools. Get them into a feeding frenzy behind the boat by tossing a hand full of live bait out every now and then.  This is how a fly fisher can score a fast swimming Pelagic.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Had a nice time fishing with Nick and his father and father-in-law last Saturday.  One oyster bar produced 5 Redfish and a large trout.

Friday, August 10, 2012

July 24th fishing report

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Scott Atherton hooked a large Tarpon today while fishing for trout on a deep grass flat off Tarpon Springs.  Scott and his father battled the fish for 2.5 hours along the beach in some very rough water. The Tarpon eventually chewed through the light 30lb. leader.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


June 2012 Fishing Report



   Hello Everyone.  This June continues to provide great Tarpon fishing in the Clearwater and St. Petersburg, FL area.  The Tarpon have arrived in great numbers and have been around since April.  We are targeting these large fish along the beaches and bridges of Tampa Bay using large Scaled Sardines and Threadfins for bait.  Small Blue or Pass Crabs also work well.

   My good friends, Mike and Chick, from Virginia had great success this June at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.  They boated their largest Tarpon to date, estimated at 170 – 180 lbs.  This large female fish ate a Threadfin near the slack tide stage.  A couple Bottlenose Dolphin were pestering us just prior to the Tarpon biting.  For a few years now the Dolphin have learned to grab our baits and slowly pull the fish from the hook.  The Skyway Bridge is the only place I have seen this behavior from Dolphin.

   Several nice Gag Grouper were landed and released while fishing for Tarpon at the bridge.  At the time I was wishing it was July so we could take home a few Grouper fillets.  Cobia and large Spanish Mackerel were also a by-catch while Tarpon fishing.  

   I have several repeat clients coming to town just to fish for these powerful fish.  If you see a group of boats Tarpon fishing along the beaches please cruise by slowly keeping a good distance away.  You should approach others fishing, drifting with the wind using your trolling motor or push pole.  If you are approached by another boat fighting a large Tarpon cheer them on with hoots and thumbs-up as it could be a fish of a lifetime.   



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May 31, 2012 Fishing Report



   Hello Everyone.  This May continues to provide great fishing in the Clearwater, FL area.  The Tarpon have arrived in great numbers and have been around since April.  We are targeting these large fish along the beaches and bridges of Tampa Bay using large Scaled Sardines and Threadfins for bait.

   My good friend, Art Korp, from California fished with me again this year for the ninth time. Although the Tarpon eluded us this year, we managed several large Trout (up to 25 inches), Redfish and Snook.  The best day we had was late in the afternoon on a very low outgoing tide.  We also landed Redfish up to 30 inches near the mangroves on the higher tide stages.

  Two separate schools of large Snook were spotted near the passes on the inside of the barrier Islands.  These fish would not take a live bait during the daytime from us.  They obviously fed at night and seemed more interested in each other, swimming in very tight groups.

   June will be the month for Tarpon.  I have several repeat clients coming to town just to fish for these powerful fish.  If you see a group of boats fishing along the beaches please cruise by slowly keeping a good distance away.  You should approach others fishing, drifting with the wind using your trolling motor or push pole.  If you are approached by another boat fighting a large Tarpon cheer them on with hoots and thumbs-up as it could be a fish of a lifetime.   



Capt. Paul Hajash  (727) 251-2623