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Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Go Fishing: With cooler temps, try to target snook


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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. As I woke up Thursday morning, I noticed a cool crispness in the air. That tells me that snook will be chewing all along the creek and river mouths.

Good-moving water will be key, but if you’re looking to catch your snook of a lifetime, the time is now. Work topwater plugs such as the MirrOlure She Dog and She Pup with a high-frequency rattle to entice some incredible strikes this time of year. Live pilchards and pinfish will work great as well.

Always remember to handle those big, female snook with care. A quick picture and right back in the water with them.

The redfish bite remains one of the best I have seen in years, with almost every part of the bay holding multiple schools of fish. Cut threadfin herring has been the bait of choice, but as the water temperatures cool, live baits will work best.

If kingfish are your thing, hit the beaches and hard-bottom areas close to shore for action that is sure to pick up as water temps come down. Anchor up and chum, or slow troll live baits or spoons.

Offshore, American red snapper season is still open for another week or so; if we can just get Mother Nature to let us get out there and get them, we’ll be good. The gag and red grouper bites remain off the chain, as well, with most limiting out on every trip.

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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