Clearwater Thanksgiving Fishing Week


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Any chance I get to get back to Florida I'm all over it! Due to cheap flights, a free condo to stay at on the Beach in Clearwater, access to a boat and a ton of water to choose from....I'm There. A few times a year I get back down South to chase some Redfish, Snook, False albacore, Jacks, or if I'm lucky, Tarpon!

Pops with a nice Speckled trout     Drew with a sweet redfish, it's dinner time!







With the weather cooling down, most redfish are settling into their fall and early winter homes around the ICW. Most bait is also pushing to deeper water and getting thin on the flats. With water cooling off and the few cold fronts starting, the action in the skinny water really starts to heat up. With big schools in full force roaming the flats in search of crustaceans, shrimp, chubs, greenbacks, and any other type of bait that might be an easy meal off the flats. Schools can range from just a few fish to as big as a football field. I have seen fish from 15 inches to 25lbs on the flats this time of year. You can still land the big Bull Reds with your typical light tackle rigs or 7 weight fly rod, but they definitely test your angling skills and put your tackle to the test. Destin, Florida is also another great place I like to Redfish, I grew up going there and if you can time it right, that place has some Monster Bulls as well.


My friend the Blue Heron never seemed to be too far away from me when fishing. I guess it was something about all of the small fish I was catching that made him come around for another snack.


Sunsets at Clearwater Beach are pretty hard to beat. It's even harder to beat when the weather is nice and the bite is on.



Fishing near Homasassa is always a treat. This area is close to where the World record Tarpon was caught on a fly and I still marvel at all of the fish species in this area. Most days your arms are tires from all of the fish you catch, this time the cold weather made things, shall we say, a little challenging.


A view from my balcony each morning. I couldn;t have asked for a better place to spend with my family over the Thanksgiving Holidays. Thanks to my sister and Michael for letting us use your condo so much, I promise to clean next time!

                                                       Michael with a sweet Snooky!


Micheal with a nice catch and another big sheepshead. These puppies pull hard and even more so have some of the biggest teeth around. Watch those fingers


Report from our Pal Capt Pete from Early this week fishing was fantastic due to beautiful weather and good tides.  Seatrout, redfish and false albacore were abundant in our area.  East winds allowed us to pursue the albies about two miles off the coast.  Most were feeding hard and took almost anything you threw at them.  Jack Joseph's, of Andover, Mass., hooked six one morning and added a few trout and ladyfish to the day later.  Steve Gibson, of Sarasota, ( a popular kayak guide) and I hit the albies very hard one morning too.  After waiting two hours for the tide to get right, we hunted tailing redfish on the thin grass flats near Bull Bay.  Steve landed four out of six hook-ups.  The last one came on a Gartside Gurgler top-water fly. 

Wednesday thru Saturday proved fruitless.  A major front hit us on Wednesday and shut the fish down until today.  Good weather is predicted and we will be getting off the full moon this week.  Prognosis is excellent.  Several species are showing up now that we usually don't see in the summer.  Pompano and bluefish have entered our bays and are very active.  Capt. Roy String told me that he caught a fair sized permit on the Turtle Bay bar on Tuesday.  So more fish are getting more active as the winter approaches.  Great weather, good tides and plenty of fish mean it is time to get on the water.
Fish Hard,

Capt. Pete Greenan

Sarasota with a fishing report further down the  coast from us

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