Captain Shawn's
Fishing Report for March 2008

WOW, what a week this has been, from one extreme to another. Monday morning when I put my boat in the water the water temp. was 61 deg. and by Friday afternoon it was up to 82 deg. All this happened in just five days and the fishing has changed as much as the water temp. Monday we struggled for every bite we had and by Wednesday we were catching our limits on trout in the first place we fished for snook and reds with a few over 22". The snook action has been better every day with the biggest snook of the week being 31" and a lot of big fish getting away for one reason or another. The big snook have really started moving out on the flats and the bait has started showing up on the flats as well. With the water Temp being in the high 70's and a new moon the fish have made their move. Tarpon are around the bay and the Skyway Bridge and there are all the big thread fins at the bridge you can stand. King fish have also showed up out off the beaches about 6 miles over hard bottom or structure and there are quite a few smokers out there to keep your drag screaming. Grouper have been cooperative as well and the mangrove snapper bite is getting better by the day in the same places the king fish are at, so don't be scared to drop a sinker rig down while fishing for the kings. Best rigs I have found are a slip sinker above the leader with a # 2 circle hook with a small shiner nose hooked. Spring is here and the fishing can prove it so get out there and catch um up.

Capt. Shawn Crawford

January 2008
Fishing Report

February 2008
Fishing Report