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Permit, tarpon in a feeding frenzy

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

The love bugs weren’t the only things that were crazy thick this week. The permit and tarpon have invaded Bay area waters with a vengeance.

On Tuesday, while filming an episode of my show, captain Glenn Taylor put me on several nice permit about 8 miles off St. Pete Beach. The big one came in at just under 30 pounds. Flat, calm conditions made sight casting these tasty creatures an absolute blast. The bait of choice was small half-dollar-sized blue crabs fished on 2/0 Nautilus light circle hooks. We used 30-pound braided line with 40-pound fluorocarbon leader.

The Tarpon bite fired off as well this week, with several of the 866GAMEFISH guides having numerous hook-ups each day around the Sunshine Skyway piers. Live crabs and threadfin herring both worked on the tarpon.

On the flats, things remain active as well, with redfish and big speckled trout seemingly everywhere. The redfish were in tight with the mullet schools, and the trout seemed to be holding in the bigger sand holes on the shallower flats and also roaming the deeper grass flats in water as deep as 6 feet. Good moving water was the key, and this week the outgoing tide was best. This week’s tides were not great but produced just enough movement to keep things happening out there.

Bait is still thick around the bridges and markers in the bay but it’s starting to show up on the flats as well.

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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