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Newb in the Clearwater area next week. Looking for a fishing partner.

I'll be in the Clearwater area next week. I've got a few boats reserved for Wed afternoon on 630 and Saturday afternoon on 7/3. Locations and times are in the attached pic.

I know inshore fishing in Jacksonville FL is tough and I'm sure it's the same here in SW FL, especially when you don't have a trolling motor on the boats. 

Are those offshore artificial reefs I saw just a few miles offshore in 35 feet of water worth trying out?

Any inshore tips?

Looking for an experienced fishing partner that would be willing to put me on some fish and spread some knowledge!

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  • Baldy00Baldy00 Seminole, FLPosts: 37 Deckhand
    You will always catch something at the Clearwater and Dunedin reefs. Probably not any trophy fish that you will hang pictures on your wall but grunts, small snappers, and mackerals are usually there. Throw out a flat line as well. If the weather is nice you can head another 10 miles out from Dunedin reef and fish the Rube Allen reef. All of these are public numbers that you can google.
  • FastEddyFastEddy Posts: 103 Deckhand
    As far as inshore tips go...
    I'm surprised nobody chimed in yet.
     
    You don't need a trolling motor - but it helps.
    Some of the best fisherman that I've ever fished with will anchor their boats in a shallow area ,then walk and wade fish in a stealthy manner.

    You can also use a drift sock and just drift and fan-cast and cover water with white paddletails,new penny gulp shrimp,white gulp jerk-baits, white 1/4th to 1/2oz bucktails, bone or chrome color topwater baits etc.  There's also Tarpon around and with things changing to an Eastern wind as of lately
    there should be some good tarpon fishing(I would assume).  
    As far as inshore fishing and other species go in the Pinellas county area in general - it's been great.
    You can catch just about all inshore species off the beaches in the early mornings(first light to 9AM'ish).
    Afternoon you can find big trout on the deeper grass flats etc...
    Any place with shade in the inner-coastal can also be good.
    Mangroves at high tide and around bridges and passes with moving water.

    Also nigh fishing should be decent too.
    Anywhere around lighted docks,bridges etc... should hold very active fish.



     



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