1. I love Wal-Mart clearance bins! I check them every time I'm there for steals like this--a Bomber topwater for $2.96 (usually over $10). Make sure you dig all ...more the way to the bottom as there are often only one or two of the best lures. I've found the Pinellas Park and Gandy locations to have the best selection in my area. Happy hunting!

    1. willohbee 0
      Yup our bin was a $2 bin and I found 4 super spook jr's haha
    2. Ryan Z 0
      I buy more tackle at Walmart than almost anywhere else, dat clearance bin Yo!
    3. waterhammer 0
      I just bought 12 spook jr the other day there! Gotta love it!
    4. jugg 0
      My favorite place to get lures and line, usually the only thing wrong with it is the package
    5. Matthew_L 0
      Nice score! Love those old school bombers, our palmetto wal-mart has those and the tackle store at the red barn flea market in Bradenton, if you're ever in the ...more area.
    6. Yup I do the same when I go to Walmart...I got the same Bomber lures for $1 at my walmart...believe me I bought 2 of every different one they had. @fishwizard52
    7. crookcody19 0
      Dang that's insane! Bass pro there up to 11 dollars
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  2. Trout on the flats weren't cooperating in the heat of the day, so these tasty mangos were plan B. Caught under a dock with good tidal movement and a school of ...more hatchling greenies in 7 FOW. Put together bait, current and structure and you'll find the summer snapper! My buddy also caught a short flounder. Mostly sunny, low 90s air, high 80s water, middle outgoing tide.

    Mangrove Snapper with a Live greenback (belly-hooked) on #1 Daichii red circle hook knocker-rigged with 1/4 oz weight. 30# PowerPro | 30# fluorocarbon leader | ...

    1. fishwizard52 0
    2. fishwizard52 0
      Sounds like a solid spot! There are some nice shallow rubble piles along the north Skyway approach too. It's hard to beat mangos for action and eating. Your ...more little guy would love cranking em in!
    3. waterhammer 0
      We'll keep up the good work buddy! I've got a spot I wana try soon you can't see on many charts. May be an old skyway reef they made near the flats I ...more fish. We'll see once I get out there.
    4. fishwizard52 0
      Haha thanks! It's not too hard right now, they're chewing everywhere it seems! @waterhammer
    5. waterhammer 0
      Your a inshore mango machine buddy!
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  3. Details: Largemouth Bass with a Mepps Aglia #2 (brown/orange/black blade). BPS Crappie Maxx 5'6" UL spinning combo | 4# Berkeley Trilene

    My usual bass spots weren't producing yesterday because most of the fish were busting a HUGE school of mullet fry in the cove where the mullet spawned recently. ...more I switched to a heavier spinner to get more distance, and this fish sucked it up a rod length from the yak on the first cast. Matching the color of the forage didn't seem to matter. Fast retrieve is always best in these situations.

    1. Peyton Dalatri 0
      What kayak do you have?
    2. fishwizard52 0
      This one's pretty typical for my area at this time of year. They sure are beautiful fish! @adamgrangeroutdoors
    3. fishwhisperer 0
      That is a dark colored largemouth
    4. fishwizard52 0
      Fish was 19". Conditions: wind E @ 5 mph, mostly sunny, air low 80s, water mid 80s.
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  4. Details: Bluegill Sunfish with a 1/16 oz Worden's Roostertail (yellow/silver blade). BPS Crappie Maxx 5'6" UL spinning combo | 4# Berkeley Trilene mono

    After striking out on topwater and the usual open water bite for bass, I tried a seawall with submerged weeds that has produced some gills in the past. I caught ...more one of average size, then hooked what I thought was a bass. I was surprised to see this tank of a 9.5" come up! Beds were grouped in small clumps along the walls in 2-3 FOW. Clear, winds E @ 5 mph, air mid70s, water mid80s.

    1. fishwizard52 0
      Thanks @gr82bstr8!
    2. gr82bstr8 0
      Good informative posts.👍 Keep them coming!
    3. Christian Cisar 0
      I'm totally down for that! @fishwizard52
    4. fishwizard52 0
      Thanks @Cale! I release everything in these ponds because of runoff, but I love a good panfish fry when I'm up north.
    5. fishwizard52 0
      Thanks bro! I couldn't believe the fatness, haha. We should hit the ponds by boat after Monday! @KingCisar
    6. Cale Ellingson 0
      Awesome gill! That would try up nicely
    7. Christian Cisar 0
      and funny facial expression lol @fishwizard52
    8. Christian Cisar 0
      monster gill dude
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  5. Details: Redbreast Sunfish with a Rapala Original Floating (Brown Trout). BPS Crappie Maxx 5'6" UL spinning combo | 4# Berkeley Trilene mono

    Pic of the Horsepasture River sunfish. Beauty and aggression made up for its size. Not 100% sure on the ID, so if anyone has thoughts let me know! Overcast, air ...more temp mid-80s, water temp high 50s.

    1. Sean Wilms 0
      no problem @fishwizard52
    2. fishwizard52 0
      Cool, now I know! As always, I appreciate your expertise @seaturtles
    3. Sean Wilms 0
      that really long skinny ear spot as well as the very bright orange breast found on both males and females of the species
    4. fishwizard52 0
      Sweet, that'd be a first for me! How can you tell? @seaturtles
    5. Sean Wilms 0
      its a redbreasted sunfish
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  6. Details: Rock Bass with a Rapala Original Floating (Brown Trout). Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx spinning combo (5'6" UL) | 4# Berkeley Trilene

    Caught a chub, smallie, hybrid sunfish and a couple rock bass above Turtleback Falls on the beautiful Hosepasture River. Nothing big, but the scenery was awesome, ...more and fishing was a nice break from my duties as a middle school camp leader. The fish were smashing this little Rap as I retrieved it downstream past a sloping rock ledge that went from 1-5 FOW. Overcast weather, 80s air, high 50s water.

    1. fishwizard52 0
      Thanks! @bassinboy01
    2. Jacob Breaux 0
      Gotcha man. It's added
    3. fishwizard52 0
      @bassinboy01, could you add this river? West of Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest. Thanks!
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  7. My buddy caught this gorgeous flattie this morning at a pass jetty fishing close to the rocks. He also got a keeper mango, but we came up empty on the snook we were ...more after. The bait is finally getting up there in size and numbers. Besides snapper milling around the bait schools, we saw small redfish cruising but couldn't get them to bite. Low incoming tide, air 80s, w 85* & very clear, N@ 10 mph.

    Gulf Flounder with a 3" whitebait (belly-hooked) freelined on 3/0 circle hook

    1. fishwizard52 0
      Thanks guys! I got skunked but it was fun to watch this one come in. @ArturoC3 @ReelGame
    2. ReelGame Saucedo 0
      Nice flounder
    3. ArturoC3 0
    4. fishwizard52 0
      John's Pass on Madeira Beach. @caderiley
    5. caderiley 0
    6. caderiley 0
      What jetty Is that and where is it??? I've fished slot of passes and jetties in st Pete but not that one. @fishwizard91
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  8. Details: Fat Snook with a >2" pinfish on 1/4 oz knocker rig with 2/0 Daichii red circle hook. 30# Power Pro | Shimano Sedona 4000 | 7'6" Berkeley CobaltFire ...more MH | 30# fluoro leader

    My dad caught this little snook on his first cast at a jetty on 6/22. We were anchored in 20 FOW throwing as close to the rocks as we could (4-10 FOW). Unfortunately ...more no lunkers showed up, but I brought in a keeper mango and a sea bass in the short time we were there. Action on the flats was slooooow although more bait is showing up. Air mid-80s, water 84*, SE @ 10-15, outgoing tide.

    1. fishwizard52 0
      Nope, those seem to still be there @MulletHead
    2. Gabe Mitchell 0
      Hmm, that's a new one. Are you setting the location setting to "Share"?
    3. fishwizard52 0
      Hey @MulletHead, for some reason the locations aren't showing up on this and a lot of my other blerts even though I posted them.
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  9. Jetties mean variety at this time of year. Here's my buddy holding a keeper red I caught on a high incoming tide. I casted parallel with the jetty right on top ...more of the rocks, tightened the line and was pleasantly surprised by that spotted blue tail. Blackened redfish on the menu! Lively whitebait, no matter how small, was the ticket today. Water 85*, air high 80s, W @ 5mph, clear skies.

    Red (redfish) Drum with a 2" whitebait on a 2/0 Daichii circle hook knocker-rigged with a 1/8 oz. weight.

    1. fishwizard52 0
      Thanks @MulletHead! @caderiley, the spot isn't mine to give out but all of them should be hot right now.
    2. caderiley 0
      What jetty
    3. Gabe Mitchell 0
      awesome info!
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  10. Details: Spotted (Speckled) Trout with a Zoom Salty Super Fluke (Black/Silver Flake) on 1/16 oz 3/0 Mission Fishin screw-in jerkbait hook. 30# Spiderwire InvisiBraid | 15# ...more fluorocarbon leader | 7'6"Berkeley Cobalt Fire MH | Okuma Epixor 45

    My girlfriend's PB trout from last week at 20"! She lives in MN and loves the salt. I was so proud. Same technique as recent blerts--fast presentation over ...more grass in 3-4 FOW while drifting a large, protected flat. Wind E @ 20-25, air high 70s, water low 80s, high outgoing tide.


Born and raised in MN, moved to St. Pete, FL, and now back in MN. I chase mostly bass and panfish but love targeting anything that swims!