Did everybody enjoy Wednesday’s cool crisp morning? I know I did. It made for a stingy day on the water but starts to really set things in motion. Fall is upon us and the fish know it. Big schools of Breeder sized Redfish have moved in from Pine Island Sound down in Charlotte Harbor to Sarasota Bay and on up into Tampa Bay. Capt. Mike Gore reports the Redfishing is as good as it gets right now in the north part of the bay. It’s also really good around Fort DeSoto as well.
The shipping channel is still covered up in schools of Spanish Mackeral, Bonita and Lady fish crashing schools of glass minnows. These fish are very easy to find. Just follow the birds that are picking up all the scraps. A silver spoon tied on to about 5 inches of light wire and some 40lb. fluorocarbon is pretty hard to beat if you don’t want to go thru the hassles of catching bait.
The inshore Grouper and Snapper bites remain strong as well with Vance Tice of Tightlines Tackle reporting a good trolling bite along the shipping channel edge and wemanaged to catch some nice Mangrove Snapper on some of our favorite rock piles.
The snook have started to show themselves in some of there fall haunts as we picked and poked our way around this week. Things are only going to heat up from here. There is still an over abundance of bait in the bay and that will keep things jumping. Refdish, Snook, Trout, Spanish Mackeral, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia and plenty of Sharks all out there right now just waiting to be caught. We couldn’t wait for fall, well here it comes!
Catch Capt. Michael Anderson and Capt. Billy Nobles every Saturday morning on News CH8 at 6:30am and Sundays at 11:00am for the Reel Animals Fishing Show and Sunday mornings on AM620 for the TA Mahoney Co. Reel Animals Radio Show from 7am to 9am or to book a trip call 1-866-Gamefish.