This week’s full moon pushed huge schools of oversized redfish into the south end of the bay. We caught several fish well over 30 inches. On Tuesday, I had former Bucs and Patriots defensive back Ricky Reynolds and his son Darius on the boat, and Darius hooked and landed a 34½-inch stud, his biggest redfish ever. The bait of choice remains cut pinfish, but that will start to change as the water cools down leading into fall. Be sure to use a circle hook while using cut bait for redfish, as they will inhale the bait, and the circle hook almost always gets them right in the corner of the mouth. Captain Richard Seward reports incredible mangrove snapper fishing this week inside Tampa Bay. He says the Bay area bridges are over-run with keeper-sized fish up to 16 inches, and they can be easily chummed out away from the structure.
Catch-and-release snook fishing remains good, as well, with good moving water the biggest key to success. Offshore, the gag grouper remained good in 45 to 60 feet of water. Trolling the hard bottom in these depths produced quality fish for many anglers this week. Inshore, troll the edge of the shipping channel with the tide in 28 to 32 feet of water for great keeper grouper action, as well. The MirrOlure 25+ series of lipped diving plugs will catch all you want. 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.