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.
The inshore bite is picking up, the large trout are here and the larger white baits seem to be the ticket. Sheepshead are going off on the deeper rock piles in the bay. Fish for Spanish mackerel on top and drop baits down for sheepshead at the same time.
Offshore, the bite remains on fire. Seems we are about 30 days ahead of the traditional “schedule,” if you will. Large bait pods are here, and with them are the kings, which is great news.
On some of the wrecks, schools of amberjacks are here in good numbers and sizes. We have had several 70-pounders and a couple pushing 90.
The hogfish, or hog snapper, bite is on as well. We are catching the hogs in depths from 45 to 80 feet. If you are catching porgies and grunts, you’re in the right spot. The hogs are there.
Most of our hogs are running from 2 to 4 pounds. However, I have seen pictures of some large hogs. Captain Steve Pappin landed some that looked to be 8 to 10 pounds, and captain Glen Taylor’s son Noah landed an 11-pounder. Not only are these fish great table fare, they are also hard fighters.
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.