Location

FL
United States
27° 19' 49.062" N, 82° 32' 51.594" W

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Fishing Report Provided by CB's Saltwater Outfitters, reports submitted by staff guide Capt Jim Klopfer - Jim
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Fishing Report
April 9, 2014
The sheepshead bite continues to be fantastic throughout the area! Docks, bridges, and rocky ledges are holding good numbers of these tasty saltwater panfish. Clients have also been catching a lot of small mangrove snapper, with the occasional nice one mixed in. A live or fresh shrimp fished on the bottom is all it takes. Speckled trout to 20", Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, bluefish, jack crevelle, gag grouper, black sea bass, and ladyfish hit gold D.O.A. CAL jigs, white Rapala X-Raps, and live shrimp in Big Pass and the nearby deep grass flats. On Monday Jack Grumet from the Hudson Valley area of New York went out on a 6 hour charter. We hit the mouth of Phillippi Creek first thing; no bites. I then headed into Big Pass where the sheepshead bite was on. We caught a bunch to 3 pounds, along with some mangrove snapper using live shrimp. A move to the nearby deep flats resulted in slot trout, ladyfish, and jacks on jigs. Things slowed late morning and we just picked at them for the last two hours. Todd Bruce, his girlfriend Nicole, and daughters Hazel (8) and Ruby (11) from Minnesota experienced fast fishing on Tuesday. Once again the sheepshead bite was hot, and even though they were not keeping any, they are still great fun to catch. The girls caught a bunch, then the tide became a bit too strong, so we moved to the Bird Key flats and caught speckled trout, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and sea bass on jigs and free lined live shrimp. All told, they caught around 60 fish, a fun morning! On Wednesday Blake MacKenkie and his son Mason from Chicago had a good trip with steady action. The sheepshead bit very well, and after putting a few in the box we moved on. Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sea bass, jack crevelle, and ladyfish hit jigs and live shrimp in Big Pass and the flats near Bird Key. Lisa and Steve Schreck took their 2 boys Aiden (11) and Quin (12) out on Thursday. We got out a bit late and the tide was running too strong to fish for sheepshead in the pass, so we started off drifting live shrimp and casting jigs. Several ladyfish, a jack, and a Spanish mackerel were caught. We moved on to the flats and caught a few trout and more ladyfish, but the bite was kind of slow. The wind picked up out of the south, so I headed back to Big Pass for a little protection from the wind. We finished up trolling Rapala X-Raps and catching 8 mackerel and a nice bluefish. The sheepshead bite was crazy for Candra and Ray Kurzer and their grown son Cody, all from Sebewaing, MI. We left Centennial park at 7:15 and headed for Big Pass. At 9:00 we had probably landed 50 sheepshead and mangrove snapper, putting enough in the box for a meal. Every shrimp that hit the bottom got eaten almost immediately. They also caught (and released) speckled trout of 20", 18", and 17", a couple of mackerel, ladyfish, and sea bass on jigs and shrimp on the nearby grass flats. The wind cranked up so we headed in, great morning! Contact Capt Jim at (941) 371-1390 or captklopfer@comcast.net
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Fishing Report Provided by CB's Saltwater Outfitters, reports submitted by staff guide Capt Jim Klopfer - Jim
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp: | Clarity:
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
April 4, 2014
Sheepshead were definitely the savior on my charters this week. We have had quite a bit of unsettled weather with wind and rain of late. This results in "dirty" water, which means the wind has the sand all stirred up. Most fish do not like this, but the sheepies don't care. In fact, sometimes it even improves the fishing as they become less shy of leaders and terminal tackle. Whatever the reason, under these conditions I target them and this week clients had great success putting these tasty saltwater panfish in the boat. They are fun to catch, fight hard, are interesting looking, and taste great! This has been a VERY good year for sheepshead! They can be caught using shrimp (live, fresh, or frozen) fishing on the bottom near structure. Both Big Pass and New Pass have been quite productive. Clients also landed speckled trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, jack crevelle, and ladyfish. I started the week fishing with Bill and Judy Whisler from Long Grove, IL and their children Karen and David. To say the sheepshead bite was on would be an understatement; it was perhaps the best I have ever seen! We were anchored up on a ledge in Big Pass and every bit that entered the water got crushed. After filling the box we were still releasing 2-3 lb sheepshead two at a time. They also caught several nice mangrove snappers, a pompano, and a Spanish mackerel. We left them biting, as much to catch our breath as anything, and moved to the Bird Key flats where they landed ladyfish, speckled trout, and another mackerel. A fantastic morning of fishing! Windy and rainy on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday morning was cold with winds at 25 knots, so we bumped the trip back to 1:00. Being flexible this time of year is advantageous. Tom Stark, his wife Cindy, and son Michael met me at Ken Thompson Park. The water was stirred up and it was still breezy, so I ran to Marina Jack seeking a little shelter from the wind. We made several drifts and caught some ladyfish using jigs. A move to Robert's Bay resulted in a couple of jacks, a Spanish mackerel, and more ladyfish. We finished up in Big Pass catching several sheepshead and snapper. Fair fishing, but considering the conditions, it was a pretty good trip. They were from Iowa and just happy to be out on a boat in the Florida sunshine! Henry DeYoung and Rich Ruis fished with me on Thursday morning. This is the 5th year in a row they have been out, and every trip has been different. They wanted a few fish for dinner, so we targeted sheepshead under docks in Big Pass. The bite was steady and we put a half dozen keepers in the box in an hour along with catching some snappers and small grouper. A move to the deep grass flats resulted in speckled trout to 17", pompano, jacks, and ladyfish using free lined live shrimp. Siesta key resident and long-time client Carl Guse took his son John and grandson Tommy out on a charter at the end of the week. We fished in a light drizzle for most of the trip, but the bite was steady. With dirty water and an outgoing tide, we caught sheepshead and mangrove snapper in Big Pass using fresh and live shrimp. Contact Capt Jim at (941) 371-1390 or captklopfer@comcast.net
Catch Report
CatchSpeciesLure/BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (inches)
1SheepsheadShrimp
2Spotted SeatroutShrimp
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