While we were fishing 37 miles offshore Anna Maria Island, we filmed another episode of “The Reel Animals Fishing Show” with Billy Knobles and Mike Anderson. We left the dock knowing that the possibilties were endless, because this group has the right chemistry, and when we get together anything can happen! No one doubted amazing things would happen, because it can get downright nasty out there. I anchored on a spot I found recently, a little ledge in about 137 ft. deep. Though I started out having a big redneck Grouper busting my line, a little later I did catch him with my first leader in his mouth. After catching a few more, we moved to a different spot, where big Mike Anderson drew the first blood with a nice American Red Snapper; a few more huge Red Grouper followed.
When we were heading to the third spot, I told my first mate Jarrod Vineyard “I’m looking for that special spot where the fishing just goes off the chart!” Before I made it to my third spot, I was watching my depthfinder closely and saw a big grouping of fish on a little ledge. I had never seen this spot before, so I anchored on it and entered the coordinates into my GPS, and i’m glad I did because this spot was the pot of gold we were searching for! Cpt. Billy Knobles hit the first fish, a humongous Fire Truck Red Grouper, soon followed by a large group of Mahi Mahi. It was such a hot spot; it had more quality fish than us or any other group could manage to catch, no matter how much time we had; large Red Grouper, monster Mangrove Snapper, and more Mahi Mahi than we can handle! Though we were all expecting something like this, it was still a surprise, and true pandemonium.
There was even a Bull Dolphin, approximately 30lbs, at the back of the boat, but, unfortunately, he didn't hit. After two hours of non-stop action, the guys said that we had enough film footage, enough for two shows. The coolers were full and life was good; it was everything an awesome trip should be! Cameraman Kyle Marter said he had never experienced this type of a trip before; it was fast and furious to say the least. The Reel Animals Fishing Show will air in about three months, Saturday at 6:30 a.m., on NBC Channel 8. We headed in early and left the fish chewing for another day. All of our fishing trips are different, and each has it's own unique exciting offerings. On some of our most recent trips, we caught exceptionally big Kingfish, Amberjacks, Black Tip Sharks, Barracudas, both Gag and Red Grouper; not to mention, the variety of Snappers- scamp, Red, Mangrove, and Lane Snappers. Last Saturday, one of my best fishing buddies Skip Shipley of Cortez had a catch like ours. One big notable difference was that he had a ten ft Hammerhead Shark circling the boat thirty-five miles out. Needless to say, no one went diving on that spot! You never know what can happen; action has been great, and the summer is the time to go deep - 130 ft or more. I've found live pinfish to get optimum results. Fishing is hot, just like our weather, so come on out and get ya some! Tight lines and good fishing Show Me The Fish Charters Located at the Cortez Fishing Center, Bradenton, FL 941-720-6475