St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Daily fishing report


© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 8, 2001

Last week, tarpon were caught along the gulf beaches and anglers in the bay did equally well. If we get favorable weather, this week will be the same. St. Pete Beach was among the best bets; so was Longboat Key. Boats aren't required; those fishing from Redington Long Pier have had success.

Take extra ice. After jumping a couple of tarpon Tuesday at Longboat Key, we unexpectedly caught a 64-pound cobia. Before Karen Wotring's 129-pound silverking inhaled our shad on the bottom Wednesday, we had a dozen mangrove snapper and several mackerel. On a tarpon outing, John Young caught a 39-pound kingfish.

Mix up your presentation while anchored and edge fishing the gulf beaches. Some days we've done as well on top lines as on bottom.

Dacron works best when using a cork and suspending a live bait off the bottom. Unlike nylon or monofilament, it floats and will often eliminate bow in your line. A tarpon tends to jump as soon as it feels the resistance of the cork being pulled under, so try to eliminate slack. Bryan Crisp, 13, used this method to perfection Friday. After setting the hook on his 138-pounder, he and his party jumped several others.

Bring a gold hook rig and you likely will be able to jiggle all the whitebait, pinfish or greenbacks you need, right where you're anchored.

- Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

Hubert Mizell
  • Dream World Series: Cubs-Red Sox

  • Terry Tomalin
  • Never take risk with lightning

  • Darrell Fry
  • Williams pushes, but not enough

  • Rays
  • Lopez pitches like ace at last
  • Rays' Tyner rises above expectations
  • Club MVP not satisfied
  • Rays Tales: At the All-Star Break

  • Arena football
  • Backup QB leads Storm to 70-47 rout

  • Mutiny
  • Mutiny rallies, then falls 3-2

  • Tennis
  • Ivanisevic closes in, then so does rain
  • Clinton entertains soggy crowd

  • Sports Etc.
  • Son also rises to occasion
  • Rays blame game should include McRae
  • Week in sports
  • Highs and lows
  • Baseball this week on TV
  • Baseball briefs
  • Adversity gives Phelps new life
  • Truth, justice and Torre's way
  • First half in review
  • Soccer briefs
  • NBA briefs
  • WNBA briefs
  • Daily fishing report
  • Outdoors calendar
  • Around Pinellas
  • Masset's progress coming along fine
  • Around Hillsborough
  • Juncal, Bennett shine for Florida
  • McManus, Schmidtput rest to good use
  • Four West Pasco teams shining at state tourney
  • NBC finishes well in debut
  • Drivers' thoughts also turn to Irwin
  • Race strikingly resembles Big E's last

  • 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