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As winds subside, tarpon bite returns

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

With Mother Nature finally pulling back a little on the winds, the tarpon bite was back to normal this week.

The fish were up top rolling around and feeding. Both live crabs and threadfin herring worked well freelined on 50-pound braided line with 60-pound fluorocarbon leader.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is the top spot in the bay area with Anna Maria, Egmont and Port Manatee all areas to check as we approach next week’s new moon. The new moon outgoing tides will cause the crabs to pour out of the bay and start the feeding frenzy. Nearshore the permit bite is still going strong as well.

Captain Billy Nobles landed a fish pushing 35 pounds this week just south of Boca Grande Pass. Small live crabs are the bait of choice freelined on 30-pound braid with a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader works best.

In the back country, snook, redfish and trout are still being caught on both live and artificial baits. The water temps are just right for active feeding on topwater lures, jerk baits, jigs and spoons.

If you’re looking to take the children fishing on this holiday weekend, try Spanish mackerel around the markers or the edges of the deeper flats. These areas will also be holding bluefish, jacks and small blacktip sharks. It will keep you and the children busy for hours and best of all, they will beg you to bring them back for more.

Catch captain Michael Anderson every Saturday morning on News Channel 8 at 6:30 a.m. for the “Reel Animals Fishing Show,” Saturdays on 970 AM for “Reel Animals Saturday” from 6 to 8 a.m., and Sundays on 620 AM for the TA Mahoney Co. “Reel Animals Radio Show” from 7 to 9 a.m. To book a trip, call 1-866-GAMEFISH.

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