From the extreme cold of this past winter to the extreme heat of June. We are learning how to fish the extremes. Billy and I are still chasing Tarpon down in Boca Grande with the best bites coming in the early morning hours and also the last hour or so of daylight. Jigs in the Pass are working great, while small blue crabs and Threadfin Herring are the best choices along the beaches.We had several big fish this week with one pushing the 200lb mark. Capt. Jason Lineberger reports having great early morning luck along the Sunshine Skyway bridge with the bite slowing by around 8 a.m. He is using chunks of cut Threadfin Herring for best results. He also has had good success along the beaches late in the afternoon from Egmont Key all the way to Redington Beach. This is not the time of year to sleep in but if you must there is still good Tarpon fishing late in the day.
With water temps climbing quickly, the inshore bite is moving to deeper water. The Trout bite has moved out to waters in the 5 to 6 foot depth range seeking a break from the 90 degree water temps, but these flats are holding loads of Ladyfish, Jacks and Spanish Mackeral so there is plenty of action for the whole family. The offshore bite has been hot as well with the bigger Grouper and Snapper starting to push out past the 60 foot mark.
Catch Capt. Michael Anderson and Capt. Billy Nobles every Saturday morning on News CH 8 at 6:30 a.m. for TheReel Animals Fishing Show and Saturday mornings on AM970 for Reel Animals Saturday from 6 to 9 a.m. Sunday mornings on AM620 for The T.A. Mahoney Co. Reel Animals Radio show from 7 am to 9 am or to book a trip call 1-866Gamefish.