July 2011 Fishing Report
July has been a very exciting and busy month for catching a number of different fish around the Clearwater and Dunedin waters. Yes, the weather has been on the warm side and the water temperature has been downright hot. But that did not get in the way of some great fishing my clients enjoyed during the month. Below are some of the catches and a lot of smiling faces.
Snook continued to bite during the moving tides. John and son, Jacob, came out to try the summer time fishing in Clearwater. They started out catching a couple of snook in Clearwater Pass. Both anglers’ fish measured in at 28 inches and put up a fast and furious fight on the light tackle. We moved inside the bay on some flats looking for redfish. John found a nice 25 inch red using shrimp for bait. Using white bait, Jacob caught a 19 inch trout soon after. That gave the anglers a respectable 72 inch three fish slam.
I used the same method to get Scott and Jan, with sons, Lex and Cole, their first snook. Jan hooked up the first snook and did a great job bringing the 30 inch fish to the boat. We lost several others on the surface after some long screaming runs. I moved to the inside of the bay and everybody caught redfish and trout. The kids landed their favorite fish, a pair of small sharks. They loved catching the small Black Tips and Bonnet Heads sharks.
Brad, Debbie and son Charlie joined Capt. Gary for a sampling of Clearwater’s famous fishing. Brad started the day with a beautiful 34 inch snook caught in Clearwater Pass. He followed up with a small 18 inch cobia. Then Debbie and Charlie got into the action with redfish, trout and some small sharks.
Kent and Gaye with family, Lindsay and Travis, brought their fishing skills for a day on the water. The snook bite was on and all four anglers caught a line sider. Gaye had the biggest measuring in at 32 inches. Others included Lindsay’s 30 inch fish and Travis’s 29 incher. Three smaller fish were caught and released to fight again. This fishing family added redfish, trout and several flounder caught by Travis. Both Kent and daughter, Lindsay, caught the three fish slam.
Snook continued to add a lot of action for my clients in July. Redfish were scattered throughout the inshore waters of Clearwater and trout continue to bite on the grass flats when the water is moving. The one fish that has not shown up in the bays this year is the mackerel. Last year, they were all over the bays with some very large fish caught.
Good luck and go catch’em up.