Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Aiming for mangrove snapper

What's hot: The mouth of Tampa Bay is alive with activity and might suggest an early fall migration of pelagics, including kingfish. Large schools of mackerel, jacks and ladyfish could be seen on the surface up and down the channel between Egmont Key and the Sunshine Skyway on Saturday morning. With abundant bait, bottom fishing the rocky edges of the ships channel was on fire. Mangrove snapper were our target, and there were lots of them. Grouper are plentiful, and though most were juveniles, our 20-pound mango tackle was no match for larger ones. In the gulf and the bay, the amount of grouper we've caught in nearly every depth on recent trips indicate the condition of future stock appears healthy.

Tips: We are on full moon tides, and mid tides are ripping. Fish the slower tide around the changes. When fishing for mangrove snapper, I've had success staying down with 2-ounce weights or less.

Bait: Many of the flats around Pinellas Point and the approach to the Sunshine Skyway are holding juvenile Spanish sardines. Whitebait or scaled sardines are automatic, and small pinfish will often attract the biggest ones.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.

Captain's Corner: Aiming for mangrove snapper 09/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2011 7:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  2. Lightning's Steve Yzerman: Nikita Kucherov 'wants to be great'

    Blogs

    If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Nikita Kucherov joined Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the last 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first six games.
  3. Fennelly: Longtime Bucs fans, we want to hear from you

    Blogs

    Calling all Bucs fans! Calling all Bucs fans!

    Jameis Winston is pressured by Chandler Jones during the Bucs' loss to the Cardinals Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.
  4. A punter is the state's only first-team, midseason All-American

    Blogs

    Here's another indictment of how mediocre the state's college football season has become.

  5. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings for Tampa Bay

    Footballpreps

    1. Armwood (7-0)

    Up next: vs. Brandon

    Armwood quarterback Devin Black (7) shakes hands with Plant defensive back Keon King (26) after the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The Hawks beat the Panthers 27-7.