Spring has arrived here in St Pete Beach and the fishing is just about where it should be. March was cooler than normal for here so some things are just a little behind.
Gator trout has been the theme for the last 3 weeks. I consider any trout over 20 inches to be a quality fish, but fishing grass flats around St Pete Beach lately we have caught some monsters. In one trip we got 9 trout over 25 inches along with a bunch of slot size fish as well. Catching trout this big and in the numbers my charters have been getting them makes for an awesome flats fishing trip.
Spanish mackerel and blue fish have also kept my customer pretty busy on the flats of St Pete Beach. Pound for pound it’s hard to beat the fight of these toothy fish. These fish don’t always get the glory like the Redfish, Trout and Snook, but they are some drag screamers and provide constant action with tons of fun.
This time last year we were catching a lot more redfish than we are right now but I have had some nice catches. While the trout and mackerel have been down in St Pete Beach, I’ve been running my fishing charters up to the Madeira Beach and Treasure Island flats to find the redfish. Fishing docks, oyster beds, and the mangroves we’ve caught redfish up to 30 inches.
Look for the hot action to continue on through April with King mackerel making their way to our area and next month Tarpon should be showing up.
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Capt Kevin Walton
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