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:

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!


Spring Fishing Pics


March Fishing Report

Fishing on Pier 60 in March was very good, with a big variety of species caught. Fishing success varied because of weather systems pushing thru every ten days or so. We had many “postcard” days, along with plenty of clear but windy days as the fronts approached. Strong squalls and high surf hurt fishing for a few days afterwards. Overall we saw steadily rising temperatures with water temps staying just below 70.

Spanish Mackerel

Silver Trout

Black Sea Bass

Flounder

Permit

Spotted Sea Trout

Mangrove Snapper

White Grunt

Butterfish, or Silver Perch

LadyFish

StingRays

BonnetHead Shark

BlackTip Shark

Snook season is still open, but the water was just too cool to expect to see any.

Good Luck Fishing!