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Sweltering heat brings chances

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

Late July brings sweltering heat and very little breeze normally, and such has been the case this week. This can lead you to some great opportunities on the water.

The mangrove snapper continued their push up into the Bay. We caught daily limits fishing the range markers all across the Bay this week.

Small baits knocker rigged worked well. We also caught jack crevalle and snook this same way in the same places. The tarpon bite is still surprisingly good around Egmont, especially first thing in the morning with big threadfin herring working well in the a.m. and crabs late afternoon into the evening. This week’s new moon has tides moving well and the fish are responding.

Fish deepwater docks with good moving water for great keeper redfish action. We caught several nice redfish early in the week with the guys from 13 Fishing. Medium-sized pilchards were the bait of choice on the reds with cut threadfins working as well.

Offshore, mangrove snapper to 5 pounds are fairly common along with gag and red grouper. The bite is best in at least 100 feet of water but some shallower spots will pay off as well. The small pilchards all over the beaches will work really well on the snapper, and for the gags, start with frozen sardines and work your way to live pinfish. The permit bite remains strong as well with captain Glenn Taylor scoring several fish this week in the upper 30-pound class with a few over 40 pounds sprinkled in.

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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