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Daily fishing report

LARRY HOFFMAN
Published May 23, 2004

Tuna fishing remained hot last week and indications show it should remain that way.

Large pods of Spanish sardines have made it easy to get live bait, needed to target tuna. Some captains have pulled a few tuna off the 10-fathom wreck and the shrimp barge located in 60 feet.

There are still shrimp boats working off our coast and as usual, the early boats to the shrimpers have great success. Some captains have been successful dragging tuna clones and kingfish spoons in picking up a few tuna. Use live bait freelined off the transom of a boat. Move in quietly and throw live bait or cutup frozen sardines. Keep in mind tuna require lots of ice because of their large mass. The tuna should be submerged in ice.

Kingfish are hanging on. There were a few big ones caught last week. The reefs off Tarpon Springs are holding "schooly" kings and so has the South County Reef. An area called the Peeks, 6 miles southwest of the Egmont Whistler, is holding kingfish and cobia. Amberjack fishing is good on most shipwrecks in 90 feet. Live bait, preferably large blue runners, works best. However, large pinfish and threadfins will produce amberjacks.

Grouper fishing over hard bottom areas in 90 feet is excellent. Concentrate on bait schools and small ledges. If the tide is slow, try drifting to help you locate the big sowgrouper; then anchor over the area holding the feeding fish. For catch-and-release snook fishing, areas around Honeymoon Island are red hot.

- Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island. Call 727 709-9396 or e-mail him at huffyl@tampabay.rr.com

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