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Getting back on water produces good results

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

After being away from the water for a few weeks after my father passed away, I ran my first trip on Monday and felt the pressure of not being on the water every day. Bait was difficult to find, but the Sign Zoo gang put together a decent box of grouper and snapper.

Later in the week, childhood friend Mark Davis came to visit and I put him to work. We fished with a family from Daytona Beach as part of 12-year-old Cameron’s birthday weekend.

Our first stop was on a grouper hole that I hadn’t hit in a while, and every bait that hit the bottom — if it got that far — was slammed, pinning rods to the gunwale.

Cameron got rocked up by something big. After 15 minutes, he landed a solid 8-pound mangrove snapper that ate a decent-sized grass grunt. That young kid taught this old guy something about patience.

We came in with a limit of grouper and snapper (mangrove and yellowtails).

Catch the “Reel Animals Fishing Show” on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. on WFLA, Ch. 8, and listen Saturdays from 6-8 a.m. on 970 AM, and on Sundays from 7-9 a.m. on 620 AM. To book a charter, call 1-877-FLA-FISH or visit www.reelanimalsfishingteam.com

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