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Fishing Report DEC 23,2015

Capt. Ted Nesti
December 28, 2015
St. Petersburg - Saltwater Fishing Report

Fishing Report
DEC 23,2015

The full moon, low tides and record high temperatures made for some challenging fishing. Bait was plentiful though, so we loaded up the livewell with pilchards, and along with some shrimp from the bait shop we had plenty of options. The day started out windy so we headed out to the bayou and positioned the boat among the mangroves, putting the wind at our back.

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We started by pitching live pilchards under a popping cork rig as close to the mangroves as possible. Using this technique, we caught feisty snook and redfish one after another. These were all undersized but we were catching and that's always fun. Didn't take long before we landed a monster 30-inch redfish that fought all the way to the boat.

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We thought our luck had turned but after that behemoth, the action died down but so did the wind, so we headed out to the various spoil islands around John's Pass. Using the same pilchards and popping cork rig, we caught a few more redfish including a 34-inch beast that made the day. As the action at the spoil islands cooled, we decided to take advantage of the lighter winds and headed south into Boca Ciega Bay to try our shrimp under the docks. Using cut shrimp on a hook we finished the day with several more slot-sized redfish and black drum.

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Given the conditions, we were anticipating a long, slow day. But as always, the right bait on the right rig, (along with the favor of the fishing gods) rewarded us with a fantastic day of catching!

A bit windy today so I started looking for places to fish out of the wind the bayou was the answer. I postioned the boat around the mangroves with the wind at our backs we started pitching live pilchard under a popping cork and caught many undersize snook and redfish, then a monster redfish struck 30 inches nice fish then has the laid down a bit we headed out to the spoil islands and we caught a few more redfish includins 34 inch beast. Then changed tactics got some shrimp headed south so the wind be lite started to fish under docks and caught many more redfish and black drums

Target Species:

redfish,black drum,sheepshead

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Capt. Ted Nesti, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed and insured charter captain, is a Florida native, born and raised on St. Pete Beach. For over 30 years, he has fished the inshore waters of the Tampa Bay area and Pinellas county as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Capt. Ted specializes in inshore, light tackel fishing targeting redfish, snook, trout, sheepshead, and sharks from his fully equipped 2008 Carolina Skiff 198 DLV Elite with a 115 Evinrude E-TEC engine.

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Captain Ted Nesti Inshore Fishing
7701 Starkey rd.
Seminole, FL 33777
Phone: 727-393-6129
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