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Anglers capitalize on variety of fish

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Michael Anderson.

The fishing was very good this week, and we caught just about everything that swims.

The beach snook bite remains hot, with plenty of big ones to be caught. We caught several in the 30-inch class and a bunch more in the mid-20s. Live pilchards and moving water were the keys. On the grass flats, fish deep, as the fish were more active in 5 to 7 feet of water.

Bluefish, Spanish mackerel and speckled trout were fairly easy to catch. Most of the trout we saw were 17 to 22 inches, with some patches of smaller fish mixed in. Early morning seemed best on the flats, while the water temps were still down.

Fishing near the bridges heated up, as well, with mangrove snapper showing up in strong numbers, along with big flounder, black sea bass, gag grouper and cobia. Small baits fished on a knocker rig worked well for us. Fish the end of the outgoing or the start of the incoming tide for best results. A ripping tide makes it tough for the fish to get to your bait.

The tarpon bite is still going strong, and with next week’s full moon approaching it will only get better.

Offshore, the 866-GAMEFISH guides are wrecking the mangrove snapper, permit and red grouper. Gag grouper season opens July 1, so be sure to get your tackle and vessel ready for action.

Catch Michael Anderson every Saturday morning on News Channel 8 at 6:30 a.m., and on the radio Saturdays at 6 a.m. on 970 and Sundays at 7 a.m. on 620 AM. To book a trip, call 1-866-GAMEFISH.

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