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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. The snook season starts Sunday at 12:01 a.m. As a charter captain, this is what I live for. You know there is something sacred about opening day; you just can't put your finger on it. As the water temperatures have started rising, the days are starting to get longer. The snook know the time to spawn is drawing near and they need to strap on the feed bag for the exhausting task waiting around the corner.
The typical day starts out looking for white bait. To a snook fisherman it is more valuable than diamonds or gold. I am not happy until the 100-gallon live well on the 30 Dorado looks like a can of sardines holding about 2,000 pieces of snook candy. You can use shrimp, pinfish and artificials, but pilchards, greenbacks or sardines - whatever you wish to call them - are the ticket. After this chore is done, we are off. What I like to do is, based on my fish logs, determine the tide and wind and figure out the best spot for the given conditions. If you want to catch the big one, stealth is everything. Come in quiet and slow, drifting in when possible. Over the years, fish, especially snook, have gotten use to the power chumming technique. So at first don't chum. I can't tell you how many times I have chummed a spot and, bam, Big Mama explodes, never to be seen again. Catch Billy Nobles and Mike Anderson on the "Reel Animals Fishing Show" on Saturdays from 6:30-7 a.m. and Sundays from 11-11:30 a.m. on WFLA, Channel 8, and on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. on 1040 AM. To book a charter, call 1-866-GAMEFISH or visit


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