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: Mangrove snapper offer good fishing

What's hot: Mangrove snapper fishing has been smoking and not just in the gulf. On a trip early last week, we caught more than three dozen, many 3-4 pounds. Working the edge of the ships channel nearly 5 miles inside the Sunshine Skyway bridge, we found them ganged up; others reported similar action. But conditions changed. Heavy winds and rough seas broke seaweed loose, and huge clumps tangled lines. Runoff from heavy rains has given the bay a coffee-colored tint. The fish haven't gone anywhere, though, and will return to normal behavioral patterns as soon as the weather settles.

Key to success: Few details are more important to "mango" fishing in the bay than gathering bait. Though my first choice would be a live juvenile Spanish sardine, they are not always readily available, so a 3-inch frisky whitebait is a close second. We've been gathering ours on the flats of the outer clam bar just south of Pinellas Point.

Tips: Especially on the flats in only 2 to 4 feet, a quarter-inch mesh castnet is ideal. It will prevent gilling a lot of the bait this time of year but still sink plenty fast enough to catch pinfish to be offered to the grouper while others are working the mangos.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 321-2142.

Captain's Corner: Mangrove snapper offer good fishing 08/24/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 24, 2009 6:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits

    Colleges

    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  3. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.
  4. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. preserves shutout with perfect throw

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.

    "That …

    Colby Rasmus collects high fives and shoulder rubs after driving in all four of the Rays’ runs in their victory Thursday. Rasmus had two run-scoring hits a day after hitting a home run.
  5. Rays at Twins, 8:10 p.m. Friday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Twins

    8:10, Target Field, Minnesota

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-3, 3.76)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)