GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides.
Football, fish and cool mornings. I love it. It’s that time where the fish are in transition. You can tell, as you need to don foul-weather gear in the morning, only to break out the shorts and T-shirt by lunch time. The water temps are in the upper 70s, and the fish are frisky.
Inshore, the large schools of redfish left on the last moon, along with them are the baitfish. But the large trout have started to move in.
I was talking to captain Mark Thomas, who told me his clients caught trout for a solid three hours, only landing three that were under 20 inches, and the biggest was 28 inches, with several fish peeling drag.
Snook are moving, and the cooler water has really supercharged these fish. I was out Thursday with Chris Parina and Mike Brown. The mission was to find large snook. We had several that we couldn’t turn, but landed several that were in the upper slot, along with a decent redfish and countless jacks. It’s great to see these fish back in such numbers.
Offshore, the gag grouper are on the move to the shallower ledges and rock piles. The kingfish are going off, as well. While grouper digging, run a flat line for the kings, but be ready — last week there were two sailfish caught using this tactic.
The amberjack are still on the wrecks, along with large mangrove snapper and cobia.
We only have until Dec. 3 for grouper, so if you need to get your grouper fix, getting so behind these fronts is prime time.
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.