Fishing this week has been rated good. Best catches are seatrout and snook. Redfish have been elusive but seem to be getting better. Tarpon are beginning to show up more each day. Snook are biting best on the higher tides of the afternoon around mangroves that have a deeper edge. All that we have taken have come to a Puglisi pattern or the Estaz marabou. Most of the redfish we fished for were very spooky and did not come to the fly well. However, a well placed cast from a long distance did work well. Seatrout were easy but the sizes were not overly impressive. A few Spanish mackerel came to the fly this week also.
Tarpon have been showing sporadically in the deeper basins of Pine Island Sound, Bull Bay, Turtle Bay and Gasparilla Sound. Ron Whiteley and I saw one laid up in the boat basin at Uncle Henry's marina at the north end of Gasparilla Island on Friday. No hook-up. This means there are some fish in Gasparilla Pass. Look for them at first light this week.
Best bets for next week are snook and tarpon. When the wind lays down again the tarpon will appear in full force. Snook will continue to get better each day as they move slowly toward the beaches for their summer fun.
Enjoy the good weather and go fishing.