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Published Jun. 19, 2003|Updated Sep. 1, 2005

Fishing 36 miles due west of John's Pass in 110 feet of water this week over rocks and boulders produced some of the nicest catches of mangrove snappers this season. The full moon and strong tides had the snapper feeding nonstop. Thirty-pound class tackle, 4-ounce weights and floral carbon leaders produced the most fish. Use a 3/0 or 4/0 hook with a green glow bead placed in front of your hook for increased action. Frozen sardines cut in half are effective baits. Live pilchards hooked through the nose have produced big mangroves.

Amberjack fishing is still strong over springs and shipwrecks. Live bait and 50-pound-plus tackle are essential to catch jacks. Live blue runners, big pinfish, and threadfins work effectively with jacks. Fighting belts are helpful and smooth drag systems on reels are a must.

Bluewater fishing is heating up as more fishermen venture offshore. We fished about 8 miles southwest of the Mexican Pride over the weekend and caught one wahoo about 20 pounds, a blackfin tuna about 20 pounds, and numerous bonito and barracuda. The fishing action was nonstop, but a little disappointing. With the increased tides during the full moon expect to see more weed lines forming 40 miles out to the "Steps." These weed lines normally run southeast to northwest.

_ Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island. Call (727) 709-9396.


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