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A variety of fish keep bay area pier anglers busy

Weekend anglers greatly benefited from almost perfect weather conditions around the Tampa Bay area Saturday. Sheepshead were at the top of the list of fish biting under Tampa's Ballast Point Pier, according to Thomas Conte, who works in the pier's bait shop.

"It's been just a beautiful day to fish," he said.

In addition to sheepshead, anglers were having some luck reeling in a few whiting and redfish, Conte said. Night action was made up mostly of speckled trout.

For the best results, Conte suggested fishing along the middle portion of the pier during the daylight hours with live shrimp.

Spanish mackerel, black drum and sheepshead were supplying most of the action for those fishing off of Fort De Soto's Family Pier. According to reports, the mackerel were ranging from 18 to 20 inches, and the drum were as large as 10 pounds.

Trout ranging from 2 to 5 pounds were being caught off of Potter's Pier, especially around the rockpiles.

Night action at both piers was slow.

Choices of bait included squid spoons and live shrimp.