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.
The best bite of the week was definitely on the higher afternoon tides. The sun warming those dark-bottom flats seemed to be the key to happy, hungry fish.
Monday, the water never seemed to really come in, and even though we were on tons of nice redfish and trout, they just wouldn’t fire off. Tuesday afternoon, with better incoming water, they went crazy. We caught several trout in the 18- to 24-inch range and redfish that were pushing 12 pounds. Cut pilchards worked best on the reds, and live pilchards were the trick for the big trout. We caught Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish as well.
Our best fishing was down around Fort De Soto, but captain Lee Blick reports good catches up around the Gandy bridge and into the north end of the bay.
Even the snook have been chewing later on sunny afternoons. Blick recommends finding the residential canals with dark bottoms and older docks for crazy snook action.
Offshore this week, captain Billy Nobles reports everything is clicking in 80 to 120 feet of water. Red grouper, mangrove snapper and scamp are easy pickings, along with plenty of amberjacks.
Live bait is plentiful at the Sunshine Skyway fishing pier, as are the silver trout. The pier is a great place to take the kids this time of year for great action that will not only keep them entertained but also turn them on to the great sport of fishing.
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.