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April 03, 2007

Clearwater/Tampa/Tarpon Springs Fishing report 4/3/2007

The fish have turned on!


Capt. Rich Knox of ABSOLUTE FLATS FISHING reports that with the increase in water temperature, combined with the migration of baitfish back into our bays and waterways, this is a recipe for screaming drags and a variety of hungry predator fish. The snook are making their way out of the rivers, creeks and the Anclote Power Plant. Targeting snook in transition can be trying, but very explosive when you catch them in the right places with the right bait and we have been doing just that. Pilchards, pinfish, top water plugs and jigs all work well. We are starting to take linesiders to 14 lbs and 37" in and around all the mentioned locations. Redfish have shown up on all their favorite flats in good numbers. Stealthy approaches are necessary, so take your time so as not to spook them and catch these gamesters with 4 wheel drive. Fish from 5 to 12 lbs are being taken on pilchards, pinfish jigs and gold spoons 3/8 oz. There still are plenty of gator trout to be had, but they want the real thing. Pilchards and pinfish accounting for most of the big ones going 4 to 8 lbs. The flats on both sides of the Anclote Power Plant ditch are holding big schools of Jack Crevalle from 5 to 15 lbs with a silver fleck jerkbait rigged Texas style being the preferred method. Cobia to 40 lbs are also spilling out. Best bait is pinfish hooked down under a cork. Look for these beasts riding on the backs of big sting rays. This is a great sight fishing opportunity. Huge schools of big smoker kingfish and Spanish mackerel will be on our beaches any day now. They arrive just after the schools of baitfish (pilchards).

Fishing has been so great, it's been hard to find the time for a fishing report. We are often catching 30 or more fish a trip.

Giant tarpon season in world famous Boca Grande is almost here. We will be fishing for those giant 100-200 lb Silver Kings in the months of May and June. The time to book is now! Spring is here now and for great spring fishing all on light tackle spinning and to book a giant tarpon trip, call Capt Knox at 727-376-8809 or toll free at 1-800-890-9373 and be sure to check out his web site at

Tight lines.......and great fishing!