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There’s good fishing all over the Bay area now
Posted Apr 26, 2012 by Frank Sargeant
Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 01:50 PM
For mixed bag action, drift the flats north of Anclote Key at depths of 6-10 feet and throw a swimbait or jig ahead of the boat – you’ll catch loads of trout right now, plus black sea bass, baby gag grouper and plenty of Spanish mackerel on the outside edges where the grass becomes scattered.
Offshore, kings continue to do their thing, both around the ship channels and offshore reefs. Live threads or blue runners slow trolled on stinger rigs do the job.
Captain Mike Shellen reports hot action on panfish this week as the first major spawn takes place in the shallows.
“Anglers are catching about 90 percent bluegills, 10 percent shellcrackers,” Shellen said. “A lot of the shoreline is murky right now, and you have to locate clear water so you can see the beds, but when you find them you can load up.”
Live worms under a small float, fished on a spinning rig with 6-pound-test mono, will do the job on both species, he said. Both canals and main lake shorelines are producing; http://www.okeechobeebassfishing.com.
Bassing has dropped back to normal levels after a spectacular spring spawn at the Big O. Fish outside edges with topwaters and jerkbaits early and late, and flip creature baits, jigs and worms in the thick grass the rest of the day.