Fishing Report – Inshore Slams St Pete Beach

by Capt. Kevin Walton on March 21, 2011

A “west coast inshore slam” is catching a snook, trout and redfish all in the same day. We had a few days this past week where some of my customers were able to do just that. Now until June is the best time to get this inshore feat.

The hardest to catch of the three has been the snook, but they seem to be willing to eat when we find them. Most of them are still in the back canals of St Pete Beach, but we are starting to find them around some flats and mangrove islands. Look for the snook fishing to get better and better as the water temperature rises and more bait fish come into the bay.

Trout have been the easiest of the tree to find. We are catching them on jigs and live bait as well. The trout have been on the grass flats of St Pete Beach in 3-5 feet of water and are actively feeding all day. The key to finding the trout has been finding the clean clear water.

The redfish are still in that in between stage. We are still catching them along the docks, but some fish are starting to school up on the flats. With in the next few weeks we should start seeing big numbers on the flats of lower Tampa Bay and along the mangrove islands and oyster beds near St Pete Beach and Treasure Island.

Mixed in with the snook, trout and reds my inshore charters have caught grouper, ladyfish, bluefish, pompano, spanish mackerel, sharks, flounder, sheepshead and black drum. If you want to book a flats fishing charter give me a call 727-638-0975

Capt Kevin

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