If you want to catch inshore fish you better start early or fish late. Water temperatures in Charlotte harbor this morning and yesterday morning were around ninety degrees, by nine am. Yesterday morning we shot a show with Mike December, son of Tony December of Pro Marine. Young Mike is 18 years of age, and is a college student at USF and is a future fishing phenom. This kid put Mike and myself on world class redfish and snook in Bull’s Bay. I would have bet that we would have zeroed with the water being so hot. Well I did zero but Mike and Mike pulled it off with great redfish and snook action. Friday morning we ventured to Captiva Island to fish with Ozzie Lessinger, veteran charter captain, for some great trout and snook action on the outgoing tied in the passes using pinfish with a heavy split shot and drift fishing the passes along the drop offs. I had a 38 inch plus on that just plain treated me poorly as we had him out of the dock about the time he decided to go back. Again once the water heated up even more the bite slowed. Tarpon fishing here remains slow, at the first of the season we were hooking ten to fifthteen fish per day, now if we hook three I am doing cartwheels. We have not had a good crab flush yet as we haven’t had the rain to flush them out of the tidal creeks. That fresh water will run them out. Word is the Tampa tarpon are on fire, with double digit catches being the norm. Only two more weeks here and I’ll be able to check that out for myself. Red Snapper season is here run far and deep to catch them as it’s a short season so be sure to take advantage. 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 Saturday’s to WFLA 970 for Reel Animal’s Saturday and 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 and friend us on face book 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’."
This weeks Boca Grande action remained hot. Big Tarpon and tasty Permit were our top targets and they both gave our clients loads to smile about this week. On Monday we caught permit just drifting small crabs over structure within 2 miles of the beach. The key is small split shot just up the line from the hook to help get the bait down to the fish. You have got to be ready to reel as these great game fish will hurt your feelings in a hurry if your not. Big Tarpon remain thick along the beaches and passes from Clearwater all the way south to Sannibel. Position your boat and bait in front of approaching fish and let the fish come to you. 65lb braid and 80lb fluorocarbon leader is recommended for best results.
Capt. Ben Marshall reports a steady upper Tampa Bay bite. Silver Trout, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle and Cobia have all been targets on his charters. Good moving water has been key to his success along with lively baits.
Offshore things are good as well, with American Red Snapper season opening last Wednesday people have a lot of options. The runs can be long this time of year as a lot of fish have moved a ways offshore, but the rewards can be incredible. Lots of Snapper as well as big Amberjack can be caught fairly easily. Again a livewell full of lively baits can be your best friend on these long trips offshore.