GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Billy Nobles, left, with "Reel Animals" partner Mike Anderson.
With summer in full swing with hot temperatures and afternoon storms, hit it early is good advice. On my new 29-foot Yellowfin, the good people of Simrad outfitted her with their touch-screen units with satellite weather. Let me tell you, it has saved my hide on more than one occasion, alerting us to severe weather and the direction, complete with real-time visual radar data.
Inshore, the snook and redfish bites remain steady around the passes and deep cuts. Out in the bay, on deeper flats, there are plenty of trout to be had, both silver and speckled, along with blacktip sharks. As a matter of fact, Mike and I filmed a show on Tuesday with our daughters, both of whom caught nice blacktips, mackerel and trout in the bay.
Offshore, well, it's on fire. Mike Mahoney, of TA Mahoney's, is crushing them trolling in 30 feet of water off Anna Maria Island using the stretch 30s, getting limits on almost every outing with fish up to 30 inches. Out deeper, there are plenty of the large rusty bellies, provided you can get them off the bottom. Trust me, it's not about your size or strength, it's about technique.
We are also catching tuna and blackfins and hooking, but not landing, yellowfins. Yes, yellowfins. We are also seeing wahoo and hooking them, but we have been unable to seal the deal. Along with limits of snapper, we are also catching dolphin, small but delicious.
The key for me is chumming, and plenty of it, and always run a flat line. Have a wire rig ready for wahoo, because you never know. If you venture out, be ready and rigged for everything, and keep your eye on the sky.