GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Mike Anderson, right, with "Reel Animals" partner Billy Nobles.
The tarpon and permit bites remain on fire in Boca Grande.
The usual tarpon frenzy is in full gear. The jig bite is very good early in the morning with the fish moving up on the hill by mid-morning and the bite switching to crabs and threadfin herring as the baits of choice. Low light conditions or cloudy days seem to favor the threadfins as they are easier for the tarpon to see since they have a lot more flash to them.
The boat traffic is fairly heavy with everyone wanting to take a shot at the silver king, but patience and a slow, quiet approach works best.
We also had a solid afternoon of permit fishing this week. We found a nice school of about a hundred or so working the swash channel along the beach in front of Cayo Costa. Every crab we could get in them was taken immediately.
Few fish put up the shallow-water light-tackle fight of a permit. I use 30-pound Ultracast Invisabraid with a 20- or 25-pound fluorocarbon leader max. Permit have good eye sight and in shallow water can get a little spooked if your tackle is too heavy. Small pass or blue crabs are the ticket to catching these feisty fish.
The bite on Tampa Bay is also going strong with tarpon stacked up heavy at the Sunshine Skyway pier.