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.
I can’t remember having to cancel so many trips in one winter because of the weather. It has blowing for days, and all I can do is sit here and watch it.
That being said, on Sunday we had an epic trip with huge mangrove snapper, gag grouper, greater amberjack, bonita, permit, and just about anything else that swims.
The water temperature was approaching 70 degrees and seas were calm, with wind out of the south. Perfect. Then another front.
I was out Thursday, and the water temp had dropped 4 degrees from the rain and cooler air. I don’t think this weekend is going to be good, but from Tuesday on, it’s going to be go time.
The worst thing to have happen is to start chumming and the big mangroves show up, but you can’t get one on a hook. These snapper are smart and wary, arguably the most skittish offshore reef species. They won’t take a big hook and leader, so scale it way down. When you do this that’s when you’ll notice more hook ups and more and larger fish in the box. When you get these giants going they will readily take a fly, which in 120 feet of water a 12-pound Mangrove is a lot of fun and quite an accomplishment.
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.