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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Go Fishing: Two monster snook make for superb day


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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.

This week good friend Tony Cimino and I went inshore fishing for monster snook.

As many of you know this is a waiting game. We started by netting up a well full of greenbacks and then headed for our spot at the beginning of the incoming tide.

Our first stop produced jack after jack. I told Tony that when the jacks are out-snookin the snook, it’s time to go.

On our next spot, we were there only about 15 minutes before I hooked and landed a 39-inch, 20-pound snook, and according to protocol I started talking smack.

Tony was a good sport, taking it in stride when all of a sudden a depth charge goes off on his line. The fight took a good 10 minutes, using only 10-pound test main line and 20-pound leader,

Tony lands a 45½-inch snookasaurus that came in at 26 pounds.

Needless to say, my snack talking slowed as Tony’s picked up — a bunch. But isn’t that the fun of it? Good times, good friends, good memories.

We finished the day with a limit of speckled trout in the 17- to 19-inch range for the supper table.

Offshore, the mackerel bite is on fire. The Spanish bite seems to be better that the kings, but according to captain Glen Taylor, keep you eyes open for cobia — large ones as they will come up to the chum.

Typically the cobia are smaller but this year they are all keepers, Taylor said.

Also, the gag grouper bite is on from 30-60 feet of water. They will continue to move in close as the water temperature continues to drop.

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.

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