Absolute Florida Flats Fishing guide, Capt. Rich Knox of Anclote Village Marina, reports excellent Snook fishing, Spotted Sea Trout fishing, some decent Redfishing and the giant Tarpon fishing migration are in full swing!
Also the Big Brown Clowns (Cobia) are here and they’re riding and feeding on the backs of big sting rays. Sometimess they swim right up to the boat as the ray is looking for where the fresh fish smell is coming from. It’s the returning water from that baitwell, holding all that bait. The bait of choice for all the species are the whitebait (pilchards) that we cast net up at dark-thirty.
I try to catch 400-500 baits for our long half-day fishing charters! I live chum more of these sought-after baits, rich in protein and oil, then I put a hook in, and the predator fish love it!
All these fish are in the migration mode from the main shoreline to the barrier islands and beaches from their back country haunts. Some stay near estuary mouths as well.
The big Tarpon, ranging from 100 lb. to over 200 lb. are mostly coming from their southern homes on their spawning ritual. They come from the Caribbean, the Keys, and a lot of these fish make the journey from Cental America.
Of course we use a variety of tackle rods and reels for the different species! I use braided line of different sizes for different species and situations, all finished off line-to-line connections with different sizes of flourocarbon and style of hooks!!
Go for the inshore slam: Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Sea Trout; or go on the hunt for those sought-after acrobatic giant Tarpon. The Tarpon fishing is just now beginning in our area!!