St Pete Beach Flats Fishing

by Capt. Kevin Walton on April 18, 2012

The higher winds this past week kept my fishing charters from going for Cobia and Kingfish off St Pete Beach, but no one was disappointed because the flats fishing was great.

Trout continue to be in great numbers on the grass flats and are feeding all through out the day. Small threadfin hearing or scaled sardines were not refused. Most fish were of keeper size and some monsters were caught as well. The picture shown is a 28” caught on a cut threadfin.

Redfish are starting school up around the islands and oyster bars. Most of them are in the 22” to 24” but there are some bruisers mixed in. I like to live chum for the schooling reds, but the birds have been so bad we can’t get a bait past them. To avoid the diving birds we’ve been casting a cut bait in the mullet schools and that has been the most productive method.

The big surprise this past week has been the big Snook my charters caught. The winter from a few years ago devastated the snook population in my area and they fully recovered, so seeing these big breeders on the flats of St Pete Beach is a good sign.

Tarpon are on their way and the flats fishing is on fire so don’t miss out call today 727-638-0975

Capt Kevin Walton

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