Fishing this past week out of Island Discount Tackle on Anna Maria Island has been nothing short of fantastic with redfish taking the center stage. With the recent passing of a "cold front," the water temperature has been 74 degrees on the flats in the early mornings.
The fall fishing pattern has taken hold. Shiners are all over the flats, on the beaches and around the piers. Redfish and snook have been chewing the bottom of the boat, making for some exceptional memories for our visiting tourist and locals.
Schools of redfish and snook have been cruising the flats on the incoming tides and have been on the feed as they make their way up into the bushes following the tides. Look for the schools of mullet to show you where the fish highway is onto the flat. Shiners and small pinfish haven been the bait of choice. Using a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader, 1/0 Owner circle hook and a popping cork, throw the nose-hooked shiner into the boils of the fish and "pop" the cork, making a gurgling sound. The redfish and snook have been reacting to the gurgle sound and the flash of the bait with ferocious abandon. My clients have had 40-fish days on this past week's charters.
Looking forward, the fishing will continue to be red hot as we have big outgoing tides early in the morning. Try to time your trip to match the fastest of the current movement.
Until next time, learn to keep the slack out of your line and learn to feel the thump of the predator inhaling your bait.
Capt. Mark Howard
SumoTime Fishing Charters LLC