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.
It's that time of year when the king mackerel fishermen start to get a little twitch to them.
Water temperatures are coming down, bait schools are seemingly everywhere, and all this can only mean one thing — the kingfish are here. All along the beaches, the near-shore and offshore wrecks as well as the shipping channel and Sunshine Skyway are alive with action.
Captain Steve Markovich has been getting a couple on almost every trip, weighing anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds. A solid wire leader is a must, and be sure to fish a light drag, as the initial run of a big king is an incredible experience.
Inshore, the big redfish and trout bite is steady. Look for flats alive with big mullet and lots of bait and bird action. Fish the potholes with free-lined scaled sardines for best results. Work the edges of flats with good moving water for a steady dose of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and small jack crevalle.
The new hot inshore fish this week is definitely flounder. We caught at least two good-sized flounder on every trip this week. Fish sandy, hard-bottom areas with good water flow, such as Bunces Pass, Pass-a-Grille Pass, John's Pass as well as the passes along Cockroach Bay and Weedon Island for best results. Flounder will take live scaled sardines and a variety of plastics fished right along the bottom.