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Heat is cooling inshore fishing action

The Fishin' Report angling action roundup by Nick Stubbs of Media General News Service: Anclote Bait and Tackle, (727) 945-1808: Griff says the heat has slowed some of the inshore fishing, as the water is becoming very warm. Redfish are tolerant of the warm water, and have been active around mangroves and bars north and south of the Anclote River. Trout fishing on the deeper holes on the grass flats has been good, with some big fish being taken. Mackerel have been schooling just off the beach at Anclote Key, and offshore anglers have been scoring keeper red grouper in 80 to 100 feet of water. There have been a number of cobia taken offshore around rocky ledges. Hernando Beach Bait and Tackle, (352) 596-3375: Chris says the grass flats have been holding good numbers of trout, with some nice fish being reported for those fishing shrimp or jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water. Offshore, Chris and mates took a trip to 60 feet of water off Hernando and trolled up six big kings pulling plugs at a depth of 25 feet. They went out to 82 feet and got their limit of red grouper bottom fishing. Cobia have been over structure from about 20 feet of water, as well as cruising the flats over shallow grass bottom inshore. One Stop Bait and Tackle, (727) 842-5610: John says the offshore boats have been scoring sea bass and hogfish on shrimp fished on the bottom. Some red snapper have been hooked in 60 feet of better, and red grouper fishing has been good from 60 feet on out. Trout have been over grass bottom in 6 to 10 feet of water, and snook are on the beaches, including at Anclote Key. Cobia have been taken on the shallow grass beds, as well as around rocky bottom offshore. Night fishing has been good for some anglers, who have been using live bait to take trout and reds around lighted docks in canals.
Pier 60, (727) 462-6466: Mack says the trout bite has been on at night, with anglers taking good numbers of keepers on live shrimp. Sea bass and pompano have been biting fairly well, and there have been some cobia around the pier on Clearwater Beach, with one fish of 60 inches taken. A tarpon was hooked last week, and large barracuda have been cruising around the pier. Jacks and mackerel have been moving in and out, and there have been a few nice flounder landed.

Nick Stubbs is founder and webmaster of Bitetracker.com, an interactive fishing website.

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