O.K. Who left the refrigerator door open, what happened to fall it seems we went right straight into winter. The water temperature dropped nearly 15 degrees in a three day period that kinda makes you glad we’ve got AC and heat but the poor, poor fish…they don’t. This first cold front should have things on the move. Everything from grouper to snook.
On Monday Captain Mike and myself went out to shoot and episode of our TV show, The Reel Animals Fishing Show, and we stayed here on Tampa Bay. The bait was easy as it has been for quite sometime now. We knew that the bite was going to be tough with a large high pressure cell over the bay, but the thing about our show versus other shows is we have only a few hours to get it done, not several days and it is what it is, that’s Reel Animals. After discussing our strategy we started off on some residential docks because we were on low tide and the deeper water would be a little warmer. We caught a hand full of small snook, and some decent jacks off the docks but nothing to get really excited about. So the next spot was a great transition spot that will hold fish, large fish when they are migrating from the flats to their winter haunts. We had a couple of hits and some nice explosions on some chummies but still looking to put a nice string together. With only a couple of hours left on the incoming tide we hit another little spot and BINGO we have a winner. In about thirty minutes we caught a good amount of keeper to just under the slot snook, top of the slot redfish, and keeper trout.
I am writing this as we are heading out for our Thursday Charter as we had to cancel trips because of weather earlier this week. So we are going to be ready to fish the deeper water for grouper early in the morning and as the day warms up we’ll head in for some snook and redfish. The bait should still be easy. I think we’ll have to concentrate and make the presentation without flaw in order to have a successful trips as is the case after these fronts, but feel confident it should be a great trip.
Be sure to catch our show Saturday mornings at 6:30 on NBC Channel 8 and call in to 1040 am ESPN radio to win some cool fish gear. If you want to catch some of these fish give us a call at 1-866-GAMEFISH or via the web @ www.reelanimalsfishingshow.com Stop by and see us at the Ruskin Seafood Festival this weekend at E.G. Simmons Park it’ll be a great time for the whole family. Until next time do yourself a favor and take a kid fishin’.
The inshore snook bite earlier in the week was pretty much non-existent for me. We picked at them and had a couple of big girls take the bait but left pretty darn abruptly. The trout however, have moved in and nice quality fish to boot up to 25 inches. On the trout though remember, they are out of season until December. Handle them with care or even better not at all as they are a delicate species. When possible use a dehooker and avoid touching them even with wet hands or towel as this will remove the protective slime coating that insures this fish’s protection against infection.
The offshore scene is the exact opposite. It’s on FIRE!!! There are plenty of grouper, and snapper to be had. I ran a kingfish trip last Saturday only producing three fish. As many of you know we were in Boca Grande last week and the kingfish are there with a vengeance. If the water stabilizes they may come back. Who knows? Anyway in a last ditch effort I ran a good ways southwest to a little wreck in hopes of chumming up some grouper and the ever elusive king. We put out the flat lines got Mr. Warren and his son Chris ,of Miami, fishing the bottom for snapper and grouper. Earlier we had stocked the live well with tons of horse eye sardines, threadies, blue runners and pinfish. As soon as the live chummers hit the water we had a huge school of Amberjack along with a few cobia come to the surface and it was game on! We had the AJ’s so hot they were crashing into the side of the boat, hitting baits in the air it was absolutely insane. We actually were taking the bait away from the smaller ones targeting the 30-40 pound fish. When we left we dumped the remainder of the live well and just stood in amazement what a cool sight.
On Thursday of next week Captain Mike and myself will be hosting a seminar and cook out at Pirate’s Point Resort in Ruskin. The activities start around 6:30pm. Bring the whole family for food, fish and fun. Check our website www.reelanimalsfishingshow.com and click on the link for directions. Also be sure to check out our TV show on Saturday’s on Channel 8 NBC @ 6:30am and call in to our radio show Sunday’s from 8-10 am this weeks guest is non other than the Middle Grounds Mad Man Captain Tommy LaOrange. Until next week do yourself a favor and take a kid fishin’.