GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides.
Fall fishing is in full swing, with an incredible inshore bite.
The redfish stock is as good as I have seen. They are everywhere. From Sarasota Bay all the way to Tarpon Springs, big schools are roaming almost every flat.
Artificial and live baits are working well, but plastic jigs in natural colors seem to be working best. The MirrOlure Lil Johns and Strike King Redfish Magic 4-inch glass minnows have both been tough to beat.
While working these flats for reds, we have also caught lots of speckled trout, snook, jack crevalle and ladyfish. The mullet and bait are still very thick on the best flats, so if you don’t see both where you are fishing go somewhere else.
The inshore mangrove snapper bite is still going strong, as well, with lots of keeper-sized fish coming off the Bay area bridges.
Offshore, big red grouper were the hit of the week, with Billy and I catching some really nice 25- to 30-inch fish in 80 to 100 feet of water. Live pinfish seemed to produce the biggest reds, with some nice gag grouper mixed in.
Reports are starting to come in on some fall kingfish showing up, so be sure to always have a flat line out while bottom fishing.
As the water continues to slowly cool, the fall bite will only get better, so get out there and catch some fish.
Catch Billy Nobles and Mike Anderson on the “Reel Animals Fishing Show” on Saturdays from 6:30-7 a.m. on WFLA, Ch. 8, and from 6-9 a.m. on 970 AM, and on Sundays from 7-9 a.m. on 620 AM. To book a charter, call 1-866-GAMEFISH or visit www.reelanimalsfishingshow.com.