Took the 8:00 AM Allegiant flight to Clearwater/ Tampa, and off and running.
Took the Courtney-Campbell Causeway to downtown Tampa. I could spend 3 days on the CC, with plenty of places to stop and fish or swim. Water along the causeway is absolutely beautiful. Then, downtown to the 22nd St. Causeway, the home of Versaggi Shrimp Co. Shrimp boats were in port (top left pic), and the shrimp looked great...got a big box to freeze once back at the hotel. Most of the boat crews were Portuguese. Swam the rest of the day, and got ready for the next morning.
Off to St. Pete area at 4:00 AM...checked out the beaches at sun-up and then on to Pass-a-Grille to go out on the head boat "Miss Pass-a-Grille" with Capt. Randy. Pass a Grille waterfront (top right pic) is a very scenic area.
The fishing was good, but the snapper were small (lower left pic). There were 3 keeper grouper caught, and 5 or 6 decent snapper, but they weren't on my line (oh, well). You can't go wrong cruising in the gulf with...ready? 1 ft. seas.
Capt. Randy's dog, Diesel (lower right pic), really took a liking to me. I thought "man, all of these people and cap's dog is hanging with me." Then I realized that Diesel was eating my bait. Again, oh, well.
Swam in the afternoon, got a good seafood dinner back in Clearwater, and called it an evening. Up at 4:00 AM in the morn to catch the 6:50 back to chilly Huntington, WV. The TSA agent at Tampa/Clearwater asked me what was in my cooler, and when he checked that it was frozen shrimp, said "enjoy". That made my day.