St. Pete Report By: Capt. Anthony Corcella

The Summer heat is here and the temperature isn’t the only thing heating up. The bite has been on fire! All of the Pocket Change fleet have been on the fish. We’re catching snook, reds, mackerel, snapper, grouper and huge sharks up to nine feet.

We’re going to focus on the mangrove snapper for this month’s report. The “mango” bite is on fire at all the typical spots. Residential docks, bridges and rock piles and reefs spotting the Bay. The best set up is a 4000-size reel on a 7 to 7.6-foot 8 to 17-pound class rod loaded with 15-pound braided line and a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. Tie on a ¼-ounce Mission Fishin jig if fishing the rock piles, bridges or reefs or a #2 circle hook if fishing the docks. Bait can be anything from shrimp or whitebait around the docks, to cut bait out on the Bay rock piles. Of course, all the baits can be used at any of the spots. There are quality fish up to three pounds to be had. The inshore limit is five fish over 10 inches.

Stay alert at the reefs and rock piles. Keeper gag grouper are always a possibility. The season opened June 1. We run four boats now and will give you the best fishing experience in the Bay. We can take four anglers per boat and accommodate larger groups. We look forward to getting you on a trip of a lifetime.

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