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Cooler water extends good period of fishing

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

American red snapper season opened June 1, but the first couple of days were blown out by Mother Nature. The wind kept most guys from making the long runs out to red snapper depths. By Wednesday, things peeled back, and fishing everywhere improved.

Tarpon are still a prime target, with Bay area beaches covered with silver kings. The Sunshine Skyway, Gandy and Port Manatee all are holding good numbers of fish. Crabs and live threadfin herring both work well, with crabs taking center stage as we move toward next week’s full moon.

Permit also remain easy targets on the near-shore reefs and wrecks. Several of the 866-GAMEFISH guides have reported permit in the 30-pound class in the past week or so. Fish small crabs on 2/0 to 3/0 circle hooks with a 30-pound flourocarbon leader on 50-pound braided line for best results.

Inshore, the snook bite is still going strong near the passes and along the beaches. The big snook head for the beaches to spawn this time of year, so be sure to handle them with care. Take a quick picture then get them right back in the water.

Redfish, trout and Spanish mackerel are all available, as well as some small sharks for good measure. Water temps are staying slightly cooler for this time of year, so enjoy the extended bite while you can.

Catch captain Mike 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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