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Grouper bite hotin offshore waters

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. With Isaac leaving us, we finally were able to get offshore. The water was dirty to about 30 miles, then the nice blue we know here in Florida was there.  The weed line early in the week was somewhat busted up, but by the end of the week it was forming nicely with mahi and tuna nearby. The grouper bite remains hot, both gags and reds. The mangrove snapper bite slowed down on the full moon as it will during the day but has returned nicely. 
It seems that the key to the larger fish is larger baits. Sardines and squid are a good start as always, but take the time to get good, quality larger pinfish and grass grunts. Inshore, the redfish bite continues to be red hot with cut bait being the ticket.  Freeline a piece of threadfin herring and let it sit. They will find it. The mackerel bite, snapper bite and flounder bite are going off around the artificial reefs. You will find the flounder on the edges in the sand. Be sure to check the markers for cobia and triple tail as well.

Catch Billy Nobles and Mike Anderson on the "Reel Animals Fishing Show" on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. on WFLA, Ch. 8, and from 6-8 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 reelanimalsfishingshow.com.
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