The Spanish mackerel bite continues to be excellent around the area. Lower Tampa Bay and the area beaches are producing solid catches.

By Michael Wilson Ledger correspondent

1. At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, “Spanish mackerel have been great during the day. One of our regular anglers landed 10 good size fish one morning and seven the next day. There’s also lots of black drum and redfish around the pier. We had a 35-inch red landed this week,” Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466). At night, there’s lots of trout being caught, some snook and two tarpon were caught this week.

2. At Madeira Beach, “The Spanish mackerel and kingfish are thick along the beaches. The kingfish are super crazy, but the mackerel have been voracious. The hogfish bite has improved with a drop in water temps. The gag grouper are moving closer and closer to shore. The red grouper bite is picky near shore, but the snapper action makes up for that,” reports Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

3. At John’s Pass, Spanish mackerel are all over. They can be spotted tearing up any bait that dares to come off the bottom. The snook are stacked up around John’s Pass. The pompano bite is also going well along the beaches and in the pass. Cobia are being spotted along the beaches and in the pass. One angler caught a keeper cobia from his kayak inside the pass this week, reports Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

4. At Fort DeSoto Park, Lots of Spanish mackerel in the shipping channel between the Skyway and Egmont Key, as well as off the beach. Gag grouper and mangrove snapper still biting from the bridge. The flounder bite is still good and the sheepshead are starting to show up. “Around the

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