Finally, after weeks on end of windy and rough conditions in the Gulf, we were able to comfortably venture out there and enjoy some spring pelagic action.
Rick and Matt Fuchs of Cincinnati enjoyed good action with kingfish to 30 inches, numerous gag and red grouper, mangrove snapper, and Spanish mackerel on the reefs off Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key in 30 to 45 feet of water. White bait and pinfish accounted for most of the action.
An hour or so of inshore fishing on the way back in produced some dandy spotted sea trout just inside of Longboat Pass. Earlier in the week, my clients on the "DEE JAY II" enjoyed some great action with sea trout up to a whopping 28 inches, snook, and redfish.
Things are really starting to settle weatherwise, and water temperatures are on the rise, so action all across the board should be steadily on the improve.
Good luck and good fishing. Be careful out there!
Capt. "Zach" Zacharias
Docked on Palma Sola Bay at Parrot Cove Marina/Sunny Shores
115th Street West and 36th Avenue, Cortez, FL 34215
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