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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Go Fishing: December action has October feel


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GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. About the only thing happening on the water that seems normal for December is that the commercial mullet boats are everywhere. Other than that, it’s a lot more like October.

Snook are still in their fall spots. We still have some big schools of redfish on the flats, and the big trout are just starting to show up. Every day this week, I saw more big trout than the day before, so they are coming.

Mix in ladyfish, jacks, bluefish and Spanish mackerel, and there is plenty of catching going on inshore to keep you busy.

We also caught and saw several nice cobia this week running around the flats, with the biggest around 25 pounds. Live pilchards worked best, but always keep a white jig rigged up this time of year, as cobia seldom turn one down.

Flounder also were easy pickings this week, with several keeper-sized fish being caught on every trip. Jigs and live baits both worked well.

Offshore, our guys are catching keeper-sized gag grouper one after another in as little as 35 feet of water. Mangrove snapper, amberjack, scamp and red grouper are all out there for the taking. Both live and frozen baits are working well. I like to start with some frozen dead bait and get a little chum slick going, then hit them with a big live pinfish. They usually can’t resist.

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 reelanimalsfishingshow.com.

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