Daily fishing report
By LARRY HOFFMAN
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 13, 2003
Southwest of Egmont Channel has been very productive the past two weeks. Grouper fishing in 45-75 feet is excellent, with gags up to 15 pounds being caught. Fish hard-bottom areas holding bait schools.
Water temperatures are in the low 70s, and large schools of bonito are crashing bait pods from Egmont Channel to Boca Grande. Kingfish action is strong off Boca Grande and is picking up off Sarasota. Kingfish can be found around shipwrecks and reefs, and slow-trolled live bait catches the biggest fish.
Black tuna action is spotty, but if you can locate an anchored shrimp boat your chances of finding tuna are excellent. The key ingredient to catching tuna is the presentation of live bait. The best bait is a live Spanish sardine. Early morning, when the shrimpers are releasing their by-catch is the best time to go after tuna. A live Spanish sardine hooked through the nose and freelined is the proven technique.
This time of year, you can expect to catch sailfish while slow-trolling live baits for kingfish. Sailfish follow the bait schools up the coast and can be found in 60-100 feet. Take a picture and release the sailfish, because they are not good table fare.
-- Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island. Call (727) 709-9396.
Back to Sports
© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-893-8111
From the Times sports desk
Kohn's fingertips win nail-biter
Parity makes tourney interesting
So. Miss shocks Cincy
2 UGA players try suing school
Gators not planning to rest just yet
Jets QB glad for Coles, sad for likely loss
Wells held back in book
White Sox's refusal
Wild solves Stars' Tugnutt
Malone's mark makes Magic miserable
'Sarge' Schumacher takes role seriously
Roush finds answers to engine woes
Nicklaus and Palmer set to play at Bay Hill
What's so wrong with starting earlier?
All eyes will be on LPGA's Sorenstam
Teammates say they saw Wheeler use supplements
Top races at Downs may lose star steeds
Tiger's top speed unknown
Farragut gives one away
Takeover very nearly pulled off
East Lake drops first at red-hot Dunedin
Shooting touch is AWOL
Mirror image unpleasant
Daily fishing report
RaysGrieve uncertain about road he will take
Release rattles Reichert
BucsA new team and a baby for Jackson
Gary Shelton: For Bucs, is it banking on the future or bust?
LightningA qualified victory
Injured Taylor proud of perseverance
From the wire
From the state sports wire Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
Brown anxious to face old team for first time
Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts