I was figuring on making a quick urban trip for some big snook I know about but you can never catch and figured I'd go net up some shiners and try those since I doubt anyone has tried them in the spots yet.
I headed over to crescent lake to try for some shiners, thru some bread out and got a throw in when 2 police cars pulled up and came right up and said there are signs that say no fishing which meant you can fish but not with a net, ummmm ok and it was the same in all lakes in st pete, so i had to leave. Went to old stomping grounds and got some whitebait instead.
I went to first spot which is a canal right off the ocean in st pete and I could hear the snook under the bridge, so hooked up a whitie and tried to huck it under there. This spot is tough because of obstacles to both cast under and if you hook a big one your effed getting it but worth the shot. The whitie kept swimming out from under FAST lol and got slammed 3 times hard and all just pulled bait off so I cast upstream under a pipe to a mangrove and got hit hard a few times.
After awhile I just sat down on wall bored feet dangling towards water when finally a fish and I pull in a red, so I got up to get it in and unhooked, photo and back into water... photos not worth finding right now. So I rebait and toss out and got to sit back down again and as my feet are dropping towards water I got the weird sense so I kinda froze and hit headlight to see this about a foot below my foot
ACKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! Good thing I wasnt a chicken or id have been a goner! and right then I get another fish and hurry it in before gator gets it but gator doesnt move and its another redfish, so I cut hook and get it far away from gator but it didnt flinch just sat there staring at me awaiting some fresh white meat and it was big easily 7-8 foot. I'd heard rumors of a big gator in there but was told it was nonsense being so close to the ocean but lemme tell ya it's true....
Called it a night at that point... theres always tonight
I was speaking to an FWC biologist a couple weeks ago at an invasive species class I had to take for my commercial pesticide license. He told me you are allowed to fish with the tilapia, shiners, bluegills, hoplos, shad, etc. as long as they can end up in the water you are fishing without your direct interaction. For example under spillways, in creeks and rivers, etc.
In general terms if a gator swims closer than a 50-75 yards. i know somethin Ain't Rite in Denmark I pack up an leave
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Just going off what I saw/heard from Troy Laundry on Swamp People.
You ever hook and line fish for shiners? Tiny gold hooks and tiny breadballs work just fine. Not sure what kind of quantity you like to fish with, or what size the shiners are, but I always hook and lined for shiners. Bluegills are snook candy too (at least down south).
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I threw it a catfish and it didn't budge, even hit it on head and didn't go after redfish I had on.
Maybe it couldnt see me or more importantly feel me, if I recall right they go more on scent and vibration but then again i was shining light in his eyes and camera flash but it was also sitting in about 2 inches of water so maybe that had to do something with it. I was wearing my smelling fishing shoes tho, maybe that killed it's appetite lol. It must not be a nuisance gator to be in there that long.
Maybe it just need someone to talk to but didn't say anything just sat there staring
Haven't gotten shiners that way, luckily haven't had too yet. The cops were cool, I asked if I should dump what I had and they said naw... Didn't even ask for ID or fishing lic
A few years ago before I moved here but was here visiting we were fishing ponds and a cop pulled up and waited for us to start leaving then came over and said you can't fish in any pond or lake in st pete during spawning season but both times someone called them on us.
Yes, I have used 'gills, poons really seem to like the really small ones.
I was at alligator lake yesterday and I was fishing out towards the bay and it was funny and I wish I coulda gotten a pic fast enough but looking out into safety harbor right in row you could see a gators head, a shark fin and then a paddle-boarder.