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Fishing Report

Fishing Report

It’s a gorgeous weekend in downtown New Port Richey and one of the best ways to enjoy the weather is to get out on the water!

Check out the Rusty Bucket Baithouse’s weekly fishing report for the week of March 26th!

Inshore Fishing

The reds and snook are fired up for this warm weather. The incoming tides have been very productive using live white bait or shrimp, nighttime has been productive for snook using topwater or live bait around the docks. Barring any crazy weather systems, this should be the start of our summer patterns for our inshore species. There have also been numerous reports of large trout in the 20″ to 25″ range around Durney Key. Lastly, good numbers of Pompano are being caught around the power plant and off of the Anclote Pier. Goofy jigs with a pink teaser are money for those guys.

Offshore Fishing

Captain Dustin Bush with Fish N Crazy Charters is seeing ridiculous numbers of king mackerel nearshore and offshore and reports a pretty steady hogfish bite. Kings will eat any larger whitebait, mullet, blue runner or Spanish on a stinger rig. You can flat line the stinger or bump troll. Spoons and trolling plugs work well too. Hogs are eating shrimp, frozen and alive. The Spanish mackerel are schooling in the nearshore waters, easiest place to catch them would be outside of the power plant. Use light steel leader or just a long shank hook, or both. The gag grouper bite is as hot as ever but still out of season. All of the reports were getting here on reds is that the bite is consistent but they are mostly shorts.

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Come chat with Capn. Bill and let him get you geared up for your next fishing adventure!