GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Michael Anderson.
Bait is everywhere. Trout are staging in the passes after a run on the beach. Snook are staging in their pre-fall spots along the bridges and near the passes following their spawn. The late-summer redfish bite is as good as I’ve ever seen. Flounder are showing in good numbers early, and it’s only the end of August.
Oversized redfish dominated our attention this week, with several fish being caught over 36 inches. Cut mullet and cut pinfish worked best. We caught a few on live bait, but cut bait was the trick.
The high incoming tide and first of the outgoing were the best tides. Water temperatures are still high, so fishing with artificial baits can be tough. Fish early morning for best results.
Soft plastics worked just over the grass should draw strikes. We caught lots of trout in and near the passes using live pilchards free-lined into the tide. Most of our fish were 13 to 17 inches, with a few up to 19 mixed in. The bigger trout will be following soon.
Offshore, long runs are still the deal, with most of our guides starting in at least 60 feet of water. Gag grouper and mangrove snapper are your surest bets, with easy limits coming for both.
Use cut bait for the grouper and small pilchards for the snapper. Chumming with live pilchards offshore can turn a bite crazy in a hurry.
Catch captain Michael Anderson every Saturday morning on News Channel 8 at 6:30 a.m. for the “Reel Animals Fishing Show,” Saturdays on 970 AM for “Reel Animals Saturday” from 6 to 8 a.m., and Sundays on 620 AM for the TA Mahoney Co. “Reel Animals Radio Show” from 7 to 9 a.m. To book a trip, call 1-866-GAMEFISH.