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No fooling, April is the time to fish

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.

April is here, and the fishing is just incredible. The big snook have stolen the show lately, with more big ones being caught on my boat than any April I can remember.

Schools of oversized redfish are crushing baits on flats all over the Tampa Bay area. Weedon Island, Cockroach Bay, Fort De Soto, Joe’s Island and Bishop Harbor are all crawling with gamefish. Schools of gator trout are mixed in with the bigger mullet schools. The deep edges of almost every flat in the bay with good moving water are covered with bluefish, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle.

Tarpon are starting to show themselves at the Sunshine Skyway fishing piers, and several anglers have already hooked up with the silver king.

Offshore, amberjack are feeding heavily, and there are more big mangrove snapper coming to the cleaning table than I can remember seeing in April.

Last week’s cooler weather slowed the kingfish progress, but we expect it to turn loose any day now. A little warm weather and some clean water and the kings will be on fire.

If you love to fish like I do, this is your month. Few months offer the quality and variety of April. It’s not too hot yet and every angler is in the game. From bridge and pier fisherman to kayakers, boaters and wade fisherman, April is the month to get your fish on.

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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