Looks like the weekend will be a great one to be on the water. One suggestion is to start early to beat the afternoon heat and thunderstorms. I for one find that I don’t mind the rain but am highly allergic to lightning and we are in the lightning capital and I don’t want to be a statistic. So keep your eye on the sky and stay clear of the storms.
Earlier this week Mike and I went up to Homosassa to shoot an episode of our show with Captain William Toney. There are plenty of trout, redfish and sharks up there. But the main attraction this time of year is the scallops. They are having one of the best years on record with everyone having no problem filling their limit.
Fishing this week has been as hot as the weather. Captain Mike guided Team Shoot Straight’s, young Josh Patrick to a 36” redfish. Way to go Josh. There are still plenty of trout, mackerel, and sharks on the deeper grass flats. Live bait and chumming is the key to catching these.
Red Snapper season is closed but the mangrove snapper bite is on fire offshore anywhere from 30’ on out one the wrecks and rocks due west of Tampa bay. You can chum these fish up to the back of the boat or use a traditional grouper rig or a knocker rig will produce as well. With the thermal cline at around 45’ be sure to run a flat line as there are still many pelagic fish around such as cobia, mahi, tuna, and mackerel. This is a good thing to do any time of year as you never know what may be lurking in your chum slick.
Be sure to tune in on Saturday mornings at 6:30 on News Channel 8 WFLA for The Reel Animals Fishing Show and listen to Captain Mike on 970 AM WFLA from 6-9 am on Reel Animals Saturday. Call in on Sunday’s to WDAE 620 AM The Sports Animal for the T.A. Mahoney Reel Animals Fishing Show to win some cool fish gear from 7-9 am. Also visit our website @ www.reelanimalsfishingteam.com or call 1-866-GAMEFISH to book your fishing trip of a lifetime and until next week, “Do yourself a favor and take a kid fishin’."