The bass bite the past week was decent, but with lots of rain gave the fish plenty of places to hide. Most fish came off a heavy flipping weight tossed deep into cover with a blue black craw. anglers have been reporting crappie eating minnows, but not a limit of fish yet.
The Myakka River and canals here in North Port have been loaded with snook, and tarpon with all the rain and flowing water. A very consistent report of red fish has been coming from here in town on live shrimp. I was able to get out last Friday and throw at some swaying tails just north of the big slough. Also some keeper sheepshead and snapper coming from the Myakka
Gulf / Offshore
The fishing has been good but anglers have been reporting they have had to reach approximately 20-35 miles to get out of red tide and cleaner water. Fishing seemed to be at its best around 40-50 miles for now. squid and octopus have been a great bet for a grouper bite.
Anglers have been reporting great pompano, mangrove, and sheepshead coming from Eljobean, Venice jetties, and most of the piers in the Placida area.