Summer Fishing Photos


July Fishing Hot!

Shaun from the UK holds a Snook

Shaun from the UK holds a Snook

July fishing on Pier 60 was great. Although the month started out with some hot windy squally weather, the fish were biting hard. Tropical Storm Arthur churned off the other side of Florida, while over here the Snook were feeding heavily. Rains and squalls didn’t stop the fish from biting, and we had plenty of the Linesiders caught and released. Snook season is set to re-open Sept. 1st. The bag limit will be one fish per day, and keepers will be slot-sized between 28-33 inches here in the Gulf of Mexico. Snook have been feeding on large live shrimp, small scaled sardines, or large live baits like Pinfish, Grunts, or even LadyFish.

Spanish Mackerel were here on and off throughout the month. The Macks are usually a mainstay of the daytime fishing here, but when the water temperatures rise to the low-90’s, they tend to move off to cooler, deeper water.

Joe Carbone from New Port-Richey with Redfish catch and release

Joe Carbone from New Port-Richey with Redfish catch and release

We saw a good number of Sheepshead this month, along with a smattering of large Whiting. Jack Crevalle, Blue Runners, and LadyFish were consistently caught. Mangrove Snapper fishing was pretty good this month, with quite a few keepers and many undersize fish caught. A few keeper Black SeaBass were seen, along with some Gag Grouper. Other reef fish seen in July included Key West Grunt, PufferFish, Spiny Puffers, SpadeFish and CowFish.

Flounder have been a consistent catch here, with many keepers over the 12-inch minimum. We saw quite a few larger “doormat” Flounders as well. The Flounder are mostly taken on live shrimp, but are also enticed by many of the grub-tail lures available. The chartreuse green color is my favorite, tipped with a bit of fresh shrimp. The Flounder has a mouth full of sharp teeth, and is a formidable predator that swims up the water column to feed. The Flounder strike is subtle; you may only feel a heaviness that increases as you take the slack out of your line. Many Flounder are lost at the surface as the angler pulls the head up out of the water. That’s when the Flounder gives a shake of his head and will throw the hook if you are not careful.
night-fishing
Spotted SeaTrout fishing was pretty good at night, but the fish were feeding very late. On many evenings the fish would congregate under the lights, but refuse to bite until after midnight. Usually by that time of the night we are out of live shrimp, so successful fishermen bought their bait early, or have used lures like the soft grubtail tandem lures, or perhaps a suspending twichbait like the MirroLures we carry.

As usual, plenty of small Sharks of many species were caught and released this month, and certainly some of the unknown strikes that emptied spools or yanked rods over the side were due to some kind of Shark.

Capt’n Tom

Capt’n Tom

Summertime fishing is most successful early in the morning, or late at night. The days can be good off and on, but the heat of the day is taxing on the angler.

Good Luck Fishing!


June Fishing Report

June 2014 Pier 60 Fishing Report

June was a great month to fish off Clearwater’s Big Pier 60. The weather was nice, and the fish were varied and plentiful. As the summer progresses, waters heat to a point where we see the waters turn a bit greenish with algae. June, however, is early enough in the season to have clear waters and few storms. Conditions were good for anglers and sightseers alike. Some of the species we saw in June included:

Denis from Dunedin with Pier 60 Cobia

Denis from Dunedin with Pier 60 Cobia

Tarpon
Cobia
Snook
Pompano
Spanish Mackerel
LadyFish
Flounder
Sheepshead
Mangrove Snapper
Spotted SeaTrout
Whiting
Key West Grunt
CowFish
PufferFish
Jack Crevalle
FileFish
Remora
StingRay
BonnetHead Shark
BlackTip Shark
King Mackerel
Great HammerHead Shark

Good Luck Fishing!


May Fishing Report

May fishing was again varied, as the weather fluctuated from near-perfect to rainy and squally weather lasting for days. Persistent fishermen were rewarded with some nice catches, as evidenced by the pictures we have posted in the gallery. A list of species caught this month includes:

Janessa from Minnesota with her Cobia

Janessa from Minnesota with her Cobia

Spanish Mackerel
Pompano
Sheepshead
Ladyfish
Black Sea Bass
Flounder
Cobia
Butterfish
Spotted Sea Trout
Mangrove Snapper
Blue Runner
Jack Crevalle
Key West Grunt
Black Drum
Whiting
Tarpon
Puffer Fish
Barracuda
Snook

Lots of Snook are hanging around the pier, but are not usually biting until the wee hours. When they do bite, they have been taking large live baits or large shrimp free-lined. Snook season is closed, so it is catch-and-release only. Snook should be put back into the water as soon as possible, and it is recommended that they not be simply torpedoed over the side. Snook should be placed back into the landing net and held in the water until they are strong enough to swim upright on their own. Please take pictures of these highly-managed fish quickly, and try not to drop them head-first on the concrete!!

Snook season will re-open in our waters Sept 1st.

Good Luck Fishing!


April Fishing Report

Fishing on Pier 60 in April was filled with variety. Weather varied from postcard-perfect to extreme winds and high surf. Many days the winds were almost calm and the skies clear. Fishing success was just as varied, with many anglers having good days catching a variety of species.

Kevin from Atlanta - Flounder

Kevin from Atlanta – Flounder

We saw:

Butterfish
Silver Trout
Spotted Sea Trout
Ladyfish
Flounder
Spanish Mackerel
Sheepshead
Pompano
Whiting
Sail Catfish
Black Sea Bass
Sharks
Blue Runner
Cobia
Mangrove Snapper
King Mackerel

Capt'n Tom

Capt’n Tom

Snook season was open thru the end of April. We saw a couple of big Snook fought in the last half of the month. Both large fish overpowered the tackle and got away. The last week of the April brought those big females out in a pre-spawn promenade, as they leisurely swam through the lights at the end of the pier. The last night of open season, a slot-sized fish was caught and released.

Good Luck Fishing!