With Isaac leaving us, we were finally able to get back out offshore. The water was dirty out to about 30 miles, then the nice blue we know and love here in Florida was there. The weed line early in the week was somewhat busted up, but by the end of the week it was forming back up nicely with mahi mahi, and tuna near by.
The grouper bite remains hot for both gags and reds. The mangrove snapper bite kind of slowed down on the full moon as it will during the day, but it has returned nicely. It seems that the key to the larger fish is surprise and larger baits. The dead bait, sardines and squid is a good start as always, but you should take the time to get some good quality large, live baitfish like pinfish and grass grunts. There’s no such thing as a bait that’s too big. We had the pleasure of fishing Tiger Hoffman, along with his brother JZ. I also had the good fortune to team up with my good friend Capt. Glenn Taylor, to run the trip. We met at the dock around 5 a.m. and the big super blue moon was shining. I told Glenn, “well this is gonna suck, because I have the hardest time on a full moon.” Glenn agreed, on the snapper, but said the grouper should chew, and chew they did until the moon had fully set. So I learned something this week as well,” reports Capt. Billy Nobles of the Reel Animals Fishing Team. (866-GAMEFISH).
“Inshore, the redfish bite continues to be red hot with cut bait being the ticket in the hot temperature water. Just free line a piece of threadfin herring out and let it sit. They will find it. The Spanish mackerel bite, snapper bite, and flounder bite is going off around Tampa Bay’s artificial reefs. You will find the flounder out on the edges in the sand. Also be sure to check the markers for cobia and triple tail as well,” Nobles said.
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