The snook and trout bite was on in June.
Fishing this month in the Clearwater Bay area has been very good most of the time. There were a few days the catching action came up fairly light. Water and air temperatures have reached the upper 80's and for the most part, the water clarity has been good. The full moon on the 4th and the new moon on the 19th had the fish feeding heavily at night and sparingly during those day time hours around the solunar activity. We also had a couple of very windy days that stirred up the water and some areas could not be fished until it cleared out.
But with persistence and following the moving water from the tides, quite a few nice size fish and west coast slams were taken this month.
The following are some of the catches for June in the Clearwater fishing area. All of the photo
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Joe and Ronny came out on a windy day and we started out fishing for snook in Clearwater Pass. The choppy conditions made it impossible to say very long so we moved inside after fishing a couple of baits with no takers. Both anglers scored on 18 and 20 inch trout on grass flats inside the bay using live shrimp fished from a float. Also they caught six redfish around the 20 inch size.
Doug, Ryan and Don joined me on a hot windy day for some catching action. The water was a little dirty in a few areas we fished but the anglers did not give up and they caught several dozen trout and some nice size redfish. I chummed up the water a lot with cut up shrimp and white bait to keep the fish excited and biting.
On a beautiful day, Bob, Lauren and Johnathan were looking for the action. Johnathan scored first with a nice 18 inch trout and Bob and Lauren followed with more trout. Bob had the biggest trout at 23 inches. All anglers scored on redfish with Lauran's taking first place at 23 inches. All of these fish were caught in the Clearwater fishing area with live shrimp on the incoming tide.
Gary and Taylor picked a great day to go fishing. Clear skies, clam seas and the fish were biting. Gary landed his first snook ever that measured in at 35 inches. We moved to the inside of the bay to put Taylor on his first 34 inch snook. Both anglers did a great job landing the fish. Later both Gary and Taylor landed several nice reds and a couple of dozen trout to complete their double slam. Fantastic job guys.
Rich picked a windy day to come out fishing and that didn't deter him from scoring a nice west coast slam. Rich landed a fat 35 inch snook to start the day and lost two others to break offs. We were free lining pin fish and grunts for bait in the pass and letting them drift along with the current. He did a great job fighting the fish and the choppy conditions at the same time. The wind had kicked up the waves but that didn't stop Rich. Later we moved to the shallows and found a few reds and trout to complete his 68 inch slam.
Gary and Karen were looking forward to a nice day on the water and the fish did not disappoint. Gary landed his first snook and it measured in at 36 inches. Karen had the second fish on but it found some rocks and cut off. She did score with one of the biggest flounders caught to date on my boat. The bite shut off and we moved inside to some grass flats in search of redfish. Both anglers landed reds in the 20 inch size using live shrimp. Then the trout bite came on and they caught over two dozen fish up to18 inches. Gary was able to catch a nice 72 inch slam.
John joined up with the AllCatch team. We spent a lot of time looking for snook and it did not happen. They were all around us but had lock jaw. We set up inside the bay and caught a couple dozen trout up to 17 inches. We checked out a few flats for redfish and they turned up empty. Later we moved to some mangroves and found the reds. John landed several nice fish up to 23 inches.
June turned out to be a good month of fishing and fun was had by all. We had a few slow days due to outside elements but overall it was a fishy month. The snook bite was on and off this June and it should settle down and be more consistent for July.
Thanks to all the anglers that came out fishing this month. Tight lines and screaming drags to all.
Capt. Gary Burch
Rich and 35 inch snook
Bob with 23 inch trout
About The Author: Captain Gary Burch
Company: Flats Guide West Florida
Area Reporting: Dunedin, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs
Bio: Capt. Gary is a full time West Central FL. fishing guide from Dunedin. Charter fishing from St Petersburg, Clearwater and Dunedin to Inshore bays and Backwaters. Targeting Snook, Redfish, Trout and other inshore fish. 45 years experience all around FL. Tournament winner and Florida State record holder.