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Bites turning up inshore and off

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.

Thankfully, the wind started to die down at the end of the week. I don’t like sitting home watching the wind blow, but what are you going to do?

It seems the bait has finally moved into the bay and is easily chummed up using fish meal or jack mackerel, which can save you from having to make the long run west if you are fishing inshore.

The inshore bite this week yielded some quality snook over 40 inches, several in the slot and a few under. Large trout are still around on the grass flats, along with schools of redfish around the Fort De Soto area.

Out in the bay, there are plenty of Spanish mackerel and bluefish to be had. All you need to do for these is cut up some of the live baits for chum and float a live one out on a long-shank hook. You can use wire, but it will cut your bites almost in half.

Offshore remains absolutely on fire, with some of the largest mangrove snapper I have seen in Florida. It seems that on each trip we have several over 10 pounds, with our largest topping out at 12. The cool thing about this is, we are chumming them up to the top and catching them on our inshore set-ups and even on flies. While we are doing this, we are seeing the blackfin tuna and king mackerel show up as well.

On the wreck, you will find plenty of amberjacks, sharks and goliath grouper (for those of you who need a hernia). Getting the jacks up top on a topwater plug is nothing short of heart-stopping. I just love it.

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.

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