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Go Fishing: Heavy rains don’t slow things down

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides.

Three days of heavy rains normally would slow things down a bit, but that has not seemed to be the case. Redfish, snook and trout all appear unfazed by the influx of fresh water.

Weedon Island, Cockroach Bay, Fort De Soto, Sarasota Bay and upper Tampa Bay all are still holding huge schools of oversized and upper-slot reds. Live greenbacks and cut threadfin herring are working well.

Fish the lower tides with artificial baits for a great experience. The lower tides really concentrate the fish on or near the edges of the flats. Search depressions holding mullet and bait for best results.

If it’s snook you want, try working the mouths of the Manatee, Hillsborough, Alafia, Palm and Little Manatee rivers. Late September is normally when these fish start making the push toward the back-country safety of our river systems.

Early-morning topwater action can be downright insane for big snook in the fall. Slowly work the docks in these areas, as snook love to use docks as ambush points for feeding.

Offshore, we are continuing to get more reports of Kingfish. This week’s cloudy and rainy conditions should drop water temperatures enough to totally fire the kingfish off. Work the areas of hard bottom just off the beach for best results.

Locate the birds, and you’ll have found the bait, and you are almost guaranteed to find the kingfish.

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.

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