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.
March madness around here means more than just Florida Gators basketball. The Bay area fishing scene is simply on fire.
Inshore, pretty much anything goes right now. Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, ladyfish, redfish, big trout and snook are all feeding like crazy.
Thursday, I had a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl each catch their first snook. Alex caught a 38-incher, while Morgan’s was 35 inches. Not bad starter fish. I also had trips with trout more than 24 inches long and redfish weighing as much as 12 pounds.
Live bait is plentiful in deep water, and the fish are eating it as fast as we can put it in front of them. Free lining the baits seems to be working fine, but in most cases a cork should work, as well. Almost every inch of the bay is alive, and the spring feed is on.
Offshore, mangrove snapper have stolen the spotlight, with 80 feet still the magical depth. Small to medium pilchards are working great on the snapper, and almost everything else. Amberjack, red grouper and scamp are still readily available.
The kingfish are starting to push through. We have gotten reports of very good bites as far north as Clearwater, so the beach is worth a look on any calm day. There are few bites better than a crazy kingfish bite, and it is all here for the taking.
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.