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Manatee fishing report 4/24/10 - Angling action has busted loose


Angling action has busted loose all across the board in the past week. The hardest decision to make each morning is what species to target that day. Bait is plentiful, easy to get most days, and there is a really good range of sizes and species.

The wind relaxed most of the week, for once, and fishing on the nearshore reefs and beaches has been an option each day. My clients enjoyed top notch action with kingfish, spanish mackerel, cobia, and pompano, along with a variety of hard bottom critters

On the inshore scene there have been excellent results with spotted sea trout, flounder, and even more mackerel and pompano.

Redfish have been plentiful in the area and are beginning to show signs of settling down and feeding. A handful of snook have been boated and released. They are starting to show up on the flats more and more but their pattern is still well behind what it should be at this date. I feel the FWC made the right decision to close down spring snooking this year and I encourage anglers to leave them be as much as possible during the spawn this year.

Here's hoping that the slightly cooler water temperatures for mid-April will extend this banner spring action long into May.
Good luck and good fishing.
Be careful out there!!

Capt. "Zach" Zacharias
"Dee Jay II"
email: zachcap@aol.com
Docked on Palma Sola Bay at
Parrot Cove Marina/Sunny Shores
115th St W and 36th Ave, Cortez, Fl 34215


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