GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Mike Anderson, right, with "Reel Animals" partner Billy Nobles.
Tropical storm Isaac made for some crummy fishing early in the week, but later in the week things sure picked up.
Heavy cloud cover and pouring rains brought water temperatures down and triggered our redfish to chew the bottom right out of the boat. Live pinfish fished under a cork worked best. Almost every school we found chewed really well.
We also caught good numbers of 17- to 20-inch trout with some nice flounder mixed in for good measure. The deeper edges of the flats seemed to produce best for us, along with the deeper-water dock lines. There is quite a bit of floating grass, so the early morning topwater bite might be off for a couple of days, but the cooler water surely has helped our inshore bite.
Keep your eyes open for cobia along the markers coming into Tampa Bay, as we have gotten several reports of big cobia being taken this week. A live pinfish or plastic eel imitation is hard for them to pass up.
Offshore, things are a little torn up because of poor water clarity, but this past week's full-moon tides should have it cleaned up quickly. The gag grouper bite remains hot in as little as 60 feet of water, with great numbers of mangrove snapper being caught, as well. Many anglers are catching snapper as big as 5 to 6 pounds. Small, live pilchards work great, and be sure to bring along enough to chum with.