things are fired up
Capt. Craig Lahr
April 15, 2013
Clearwater - Saltwater Fishing Report
With summer just around the corner, fishing is getting ready to pop. As the bait starts to
show up, expect Mackerel and King Fish, as well Cobia to follow them into the nearshore
reefs and hard bottom off Clearwater. Mackerel, Kingfish, Cobia, Redfish, and
even some Tarpon can be caught in April until the end of summer.
The kingfish are here in full force.
We have been catching Kings from 20 Lbs, to fish in the 40 Lb class.These are one of the premier fish at
this time of the year. We have been slow trolling live bait on light tackle, such as Shad, Bluerunners, Ladyfish
and Spanish Mackerl. When you have all the bait, Mackerel and Kings here, it brings in the Shark. We
had a Kingfish eaten by a 400lb Tiger Shark. There are also Blacktips and some Bull Sharks in the mix. This is also
the time we love to go after big sharks to put our clients on them. Tarpon have shown up
in good numbers in our area. They can be found in the backwaters and Tampa Bay. We can hook you up to these
majestic fish. Pompano have show up in good numbers in the passes and also around the jettys.
Pink and white bucktail jig tips with shrimp has worked the best so far, but dock goofy jigs with a fly
will get it done as well. Redfish, Trout, and Snook have been in the same places in the backwater.
Small Pinfish and Pigfish with the tail and fins cut off is producing the better fish.You don't want to kill the bait,
it just needs to flutter on the bottom. With so many species around, you can have a shot at catching
some big fish to test your skills.
Now is the time to start booking your summer trips for Kingfish, Sharks, Mackerel, Cobia, Tarpon, and more.
Capt. Craig and Capt. Justin
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