Make us your home page

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: Go after the mangrove snapper

What's hot: Mangrove snapper and grouper fishing the edges of the ships channel at the mouth of Tampa Bay have remained consistent. The rockiest and jagged edges of A, B and C Cuts on the inside of the Skyway out to the south end of Mullet Key west of the bridge have been most productive.

Bait: For mangos, bait is the key, and size matters. Too small will result in juveniles and other pesky bottom-dwellers picking them off. Too large likely will get you broken off by the grouper that are no match for the 20-pound mangrove snapper tackle. A 3-inch whitebait is preferred. Grouper have been chewing the bigger stuff, and grunts and pinfish are hard to beat. A few of our largest grouper lately — some caught, some not — have come to chunks of ladyfish and shad. Stout tackle is required.

What else: Scallop season is open until Sept. 24. Monday, we headed to Bayport. About a 7-mile run from the boat ramp north to Homosassa put us in the zone. Before noon, we had our 10-person, two-boat, 20-gallon limit. All that's required is a mask, snorkel, catch bag and fins. Gloves are optional but a good idea. Focusing on the low tide, we were 6-7 feet deep.

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

Captain's Corner: Go after the mangrove snapper 09/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 8, 2012 7:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2015 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours