A couple of weeks ago Mike and I ran a group trip for the Tampa Bay Lighting and all of our hockey dudes had a great time.Well this week I had the pleasure of fishing Bubba Kennedy and his son Quinn, and Clay Roffer, both equipment managers for the Lightning, one day and then the next Lightning right wing Adam Hall and his father in-law Albert from South Africa.Clay’s last name may seem familiar to some of you off shore fishermen; his dad is founder/creator of the Roffer’s Report, which is sea temp and current info in real time to locate exactly where the big boys are.
On first trip with Bubba, Quinn, and Clay we ran out about 20 miles or so and were catching Greater Amberjack and Bonita, when all of a sudden my mate Stephen Doughty, shouted COBIA.Yours truly flipped a crab over and game on.There was another cobia with that one only slightly smaller, but he was more interested in what had his buddy by the snout than the other crab we were offering up.Bubba quickly brought the fish to the boat; Stephen gaffed it, and bam in the box.Just after that bam the permit showed up.My pal Captain Glenn Taylor was there on a charter with us, we both pulled anchor and started to drift fish and it was “Katie Bar The Door”, it was permit galore.The next day, we met Adam Hall and father in-law Albert and ran 55 miles for some mangrove snapper, it was pretty sloppy with a confused sea with waves 2-3 coming from the west and south in no particular pattern, fun, but the new 29’Yellowfin made short work of it.I had called Glenn and arranged to meet him there to team up on the snapper, but he had company, uninvited follow him the 55 miles, and well the snapper thing it weren’t happenin’.We ran a farther and game on.Large Mango’s, Greater Amberjack, Lesser Amberjack, Bonita, Huge Gag Grouper (not in season because there aren’t any), Scamp Grouper, and Black Fin Tuna.Just a great couple of days with some of the areas greatest guys, not to mention world class athletes and community icons…so thanks fella’s it was wonderful.
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Grouper season for all species except Gag and Goliath opened 1 April and all
reports were incredible! Capt. Billy took a crew out to 45’ of water and
limited out due west of Anna Maria Island. They caught Red Grouper up
to 22 pounds and Scamp to almost 9 pounds. The reports from guys who
went deeper were just as good or better. Frozen Sardines and Squid
worked well together as did live Pinfish. The Kingfish bite remained hot
as well. I took Bill Giesking from Pepin Distributing out with a few of
his clients and we caught 20 or so from 8 to 25 pounds slow trolling
live pilchards and cigar minnows in 40 to 50 feet of water. Almost every
bait we put out got struck within a minute or two of starting our
I recommend trolling versus anchoring up if looking for the
bigger fish. Inshore the Redfish, Snook and Trout bites all remain good
while big schools of Spanish Mackerel are invading the bay from almost
every angle. These guys are great targets for the kids as the action is
almost non stop. Look for the birds working the surface and you’ll find
the Macs. Load your livewells with fresh white baits from the Sunshine
Skyway bridge or one of the bay area markers and just go fishing. It’s
almost hard to not catch fish right now.
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 Saturdays for Reel Animals Saturday on 970WFLA from 6:00am to
9:00am 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.