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Redington Long Pier alive with macks, flounder, trout

Anglers at Redington Long Pier are enjoying a nice run of fish from early morning into the evening. "We have Spanish mackerel in the morning and afternoons, flounder during the day, and speckled trout at night," said bait store operator John Hajzer.

He said the mackerel are striking small-sized silver spoons and minnows. He said Helen Dobbs has been catching her limit of four the past couple of days.

The flounder are striking on live and cut shrimp, and are weighing from 1{ to 3 pounds.

Trout, while not strong, are moving in at night.

On the Gulf, Captain Norm Larsh fished in 120 feet of water west of John's Pass with Jim and Kim Bettinger of New Jersey and they caught about 175 pounds of grouper, snapper and amberjack. He said the largest grouper weighed 28 pounds.