What's biting and what's working to put fish in the cooler for Central Florida anglers.

1: At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, a good number of snook in the 30-40 inch range have been caught at night again this week, but not as many as many as in past weeks. Keeper size Spanish mackerel are being caught in the mornings and the trout bite is steady in the evenings. Mangrove snapper have been biting through the day and a few black sea bass have also been caught. On Wednesday, a 26-inch cobia was caught and a 36-inch redfish was caught by an angler on his first cast Thursday morning, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466).

2: At Madeira Beach, near shore the hogfish bite is picking up in 30-70 foot. Nekid Ball Jigs and live shrimp on light tackle will get the bite. Deeper offshore, the mangrove and lane snapper bite is good at 90-110 foot. The red grouper bite is hit or miss. Deeper offshore, amberjack are the main target and some big fish, 70-100-pounds are coming in. The gag and scamp grouper bite is best at 200 foot and the big mangroves are also at that depth, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

3: At John's Pass, lots of snook are being caught in the inlet and around the docks. The mouth of the inlet and the jetty also have a good snook bite. Live bait during the day and feather jigs at night are best. Good size mangrove snapper are biting around the bridge. Lots of tarpon are “busting bait” on the surface around the bridge fenders at night until sunrise. Whiting are being caught on the beach, reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

4: At Fort De Soto Park, snook are just about everywhere. They’re on flats, along the mangrove lines, the passes, but they’re starting to move off the beach. The passes are also holding pompano and there’s also been a good bite for them from the bridge. The redfish bite has really picked up on the grass flats. Some flounder have been caught on the flats near the boat ramp and some of the area docks. Mangrove snapper are being caught around the bridges and any structure. “Wednesday morning, I spotted five cobia in the 40-inch range at the drawbridge,” reports Capt. Claude Hinson at the Bait Bucket (727-864-2108).

5: Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, with all the freshwater runoff, the mouth of the Manatee River is really good for snook and the occasional redfish. The inshore reefs, the shipping channel, and the bridges are producing good catches of mangrove snapper. There’s still a few keeper gag grouper in the same areas. Larger trout are starting to show up in water 3-8 feet deep on the grass flats. There’s also a good number of Spanish mackerel in the bay, reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters. (941-705-3160).

6: At Anna Maria, snook are moving off the beach and there’s better numbers of them in the passes and on the flats near the passes. Some Spanish mackerel have been caught in the sound and off the beach. Decent size trout are starting to show up on the deeper flats and along the channels and ledges in the sound. Rock piles and structure as well as the Longboat Pass, Manatee Avenue, and Cortez Bridges are producing mangrove snapper, reports Crawford.

7: At St. Petersburg, snook and redfish are being caught around the oyster beds and the docks around Pinellas Point. Deeper flats there also have a decent trout bite. Snook are moving off the beaches and the bite is picking up on the flats and the passes at Fort DeSoto. The mangrove snapper bite is still good on most structure, the reefs in the bay, the bridges, and along the channel, reports Larry Mastry at Mastry’s Tackle (727-896-8889).

8: In the north end of Tampa Bay, rain has slowed the fishing somewhat, but here’s still lots of snook being caught around Weedon Island, the west shore sandy flats, and the bridge approaches. A few trout are biting in the deeper holes and drop-offs on the flats. Mangrove snapper and black drum are being caught at the bridges. A few cobia have been cruising the east shore and around the bridge. The redfish bite is still good in the far upper bay, reports Gandy Bait & Tackle (813-839-5551).

Elsewhere

• Homosassa, although scallops have not been as plentiful as seasons past, this weekend’s mid-day low tides will be ideal for scalloping. There’s been a few small schools of redfish on the incoming tide. Live pinfish are the best bait, but gold spoons will also produce if you hook a fish and others in the school follow. Trout fishing has been very good around deep passes on the high outgoing tides, reports Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters (352-621-9284).

• At Fort Pierce, offshore, the mangrove snapper bite is best at 80-90 foot. There’s plenty of kingfish and a few cobia at the same depth. Mangroves and some muttons are also biting close in at 25-35 foot. At the inlet, mangroves are biting along the south jetty and on the edge of channel for the boat anglers. The snook bite is good on live bait. There’s whiting on the beach and the occasional pompano. The bridges are producing snapper, sheepshead, and black drum. Redfish are biting around the north bridge and just to the north. The trout bite is good in 2-3 foot of water in the river north to Vero, reports Clint Walker at the Fishing Center of St. Lucie (772-465-7637).