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Kingfish bite has been getting a little crazy

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Mike Anderson, right, with “Reel Animals” partner Billy Nobles.

Light winds and calm seas led to incredibly clear water this week, and the kingfish absolutely went off. Every captain we talked to this week caught kings by the bunches. Along the beaches, the near-shore reefs and wrecks were all holding kingfish. As long as the bait was there, we found kings.

Our big one was only about 20 pounds, but we saw several fish sky-rocket in the 30- to 50-pound range and saw some really nice ones at the docks this week. Slow trolling seemed to produce the bigger fish, but we caught good numbers of schoolies while anchored up and chumming as well, and we also caught big spanish mackerel and bonita.

Inshore, the snook, redfish and trout bites remain as good as I can remember. On Thursday, captain Jamie Goodwin and I were filming an episode of my show, and we shot the whole thing along one large pot hole. We caught big snook up to 29 inches, upper-slot redfish and a couple of speckled trout pushing 30 inches.

Patience was the key, as the tides were not great, but the fish were there, and when they decided to eat they went totally crazy.

Live pilchards were the bait of choice all week for the kings, as well as the inshore species. The bait has started to move up on some of the Bay area flats, which will make it easier to catch some.

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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