GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides.
What a week. With the winds finally finished, boats were able to leave the docks. The inshore bite remains strong, with plenty of trout being caught. The word is there are no real big ones yet, aside from a few on Tampa Bay, but there are plenty in the slot and under the slot.
Redfish are about everywhere, with some massive schools coming in around Fort De Soto.
The snook are in transition, heading up the rivers, but we are still seeing fish in summer spots. I just hope we don’t get a super-cold snap like we did a few years ago and lose any of these precious fish.
Wow, the last days of gag season and we had limits up to 39 inches in only 40 feet of water. Everything else is going off as well. Yellowtail snapper up to 7 pounds, huge mangrove snapper to 10 pounds and a lot of blackfin tuna to 30 pounds if you are willing to make the run. Yes, it costs a lot, but it’s well worth it.
Be sure to check the near-shore wrecks and springs for huge amberjack and snapper. One of my favorite things is fighting a 50-pound amberjack on light tackle and a topwater plug.
You think snook and reds are cool on topwaters? They can’t hold a candle to the amberjack.
What’s really cool about this style of fishing is you can pretty much pick out which fish you want, as you get everything coming to the top.
Trust me, it’s not for the weak at heart, but for the young at heart. In my opinion it just doesn’t get any better. Big fish, light tackle is definitely the way to go.
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.