GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides.
Man, it’s that time of year. There are fish everywhere.
This week, Mike and I headed down to Captiva to film with captain Ozzie Fischer. There were snook, trout, and tons of redfish. There must have thousands. We caught the majority of fish on the Strike King KVD Caffeine Shad.
Don’t think you have to run south for the reds, because they are all over Tampa Bay, from up above the Courtney Campbell to Fort De Soto and all points in between.
There are quite a few nice trout around, as well as some of the largest Spanish mackerel I have caught in the bay. The snook bite is on, as well, but none of my clients have felt the need to keep one yet.
The offshore bite is on fire. This week, American red snapper season opened with some rough seas on Tuesday. Captain Glen Taylor said his group limited out on opening day and got a cooler of mangrove snapper, as well.
The big catch was Jim Parnell of O’Neill’s Marina with an 85-plus-pound cobia. He caught it on a 4/0 reel loaded with 80-pound test with the drag locked down. Jim is not a small guy, and Glen said when the fish hit, Jim nearly went overboard battling it.
The bait remains plentiful, and the forecast looks great for the weekend, so you should head on out. Remember to limit your catch, and don’t catch your limit.
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.