Saltwater Fishing: Mangrove snapper are on the hook

At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, the pier is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bait shop is open, but only eight customers are allowed at one time. A maximum of 105 people are allowed on the pier and social distancing measures are required. Big snook up to 40 inches are still biting, both day and night. Spanish mackerel remain consistent in the mornings and a few tarpon have also been spotted early. Mangrove snapper, spotted trout and jacks are biting during the day and late afternoons. A few pompano were also caught this week, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466).

At Madeira Beach, nearshore at a depth of 50 to 60 feet, there’s been a lot of mahi around, so have a pitch rod ready. The mangrove snapper bite is good, but the big snapper are biting at 80 to 100 foot. Deeper offshore, the American red snapper bite picks up around 110 foot. The bigger gag grouper are out past 120 foot. For the pelagics, kingfish, tuna and some wahoo can found at a depth of 120 to 140 foot, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

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