GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. This week was done in by a small-craft advisory that kept boats on trailers.
When a small-craft advisory is posted, boats less than 26 feet are not insured on the water.
Those fishing from the safety of land did find success, though.
My friend Jim Plastic managed to tear up the trout along the Dunedin Causeway, fishing the MirrOlure MirrOdine and MirrOlure Lil Johns jigs. Plastic caught trout from 14 to 18 inches and lots of them. He reported finding clean water was key to his success.
We also got some great reports from Picnic Island as well as the Fort De Soto area, where the flounder bite continues to improve almost daily. Anglers fishing live and artificial baits will do well on flounder fishing the areas of hard sand bottom with good-moving water. Keep your baits close to the bottom for best results.
Colder water temps also will mean redfish on the docks. Finding old dilapidated docks to fish in December, January and February can pay big dividends for anglers willing to do battle with the pilings. Live shrimp or shrimp imitators like the Strike King Rage Shrimp will work well this time of year.
Fishing live shrimp may also help you catch sheepshead as they start to push inshore for the winter.
As the weather warms up next week, fish the afternoons to take advantage of the Florida sun warming the flats.
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.