GO FISHING is a daily look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Fred Everson.
The water temperature dropped a couple of degrees during the week, and that shut the morning snook bite down, but things picked up in the afternoon. Captain Danny Guarino said he fished Cockroach Bay and had trouble finding bait and the snook fishing was slow.
Captain Chet Jennings had a slow start in the Little Manatee River on Wednesday, but he said the bite picked up in the afternoon. Captain Tom Rinehart said he fished the Bahia Beach Reef that day with live shrimp looking for sheepshead. He didn't catch any, but he put six big Spanish mackerel in the box.
Captain Billy Jordan, Roger Mills, Dan Bellis and I went out early in the week looking for cobia on the buoys, but we didn't see any. We had better luck trolling for grouper around Port Manatee, but all of the ones we caught were short.
The weather turned nice on Friday, with light winds, a lot of sunshine and clear water. This is the time of year I like to look for cobia on the flats, and there are a few fish around. I had three or four shots at fish with a plastic eel, but my casting wasn't good enough. I finally hooked a cobia that looked to be short, but the hook pulled out after he burned some line off the reel.
To contact captain Fred
Everson, call (813) 830-8890
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