Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The weather outside is frightful, but the fishing is so delightful

Cobia are here! They are certainly not bashful feeders, chowing down on food from the top to the bottom of the sea (hence why one of their names is "crabeater"), and on this trip, Larry Tinstra (left) caught a massive cobia while using pinfish.  He has been coming down every winter to stay on lovely Anna Maria Island for years, but this was the first time he'd seen or caught one of these monsters.  Mr. Tinstra also said that this was the largest fish he's ever caught!  

In other fishing excitement, mangrove snapper are where it's at!  Chumming has been bringing them around; they are wary fish- which is why they are harder to spearfish, as they aren't curious like other species of fish, and chumming seems to put them at ease.  Their wariness results in the mangrove snapper growing larger, which is certainly a good thing!  Below is Renee Robins with a monster mangrove snapper... she caught it using a live pinfish, in about 125 ft waters, offshore of Anna Maria Island.  Renee & her family also caught a plethora of gag & red grouper, barracuda, & shark while on their vacation fishing trip with Capt. Larry.  

When the cold winds blow from the north, a lot of the fish that swim closer to the surface migrate from places like Alabama to stay warm.  This is great news for us Florida Gulf fishers.   Take advantage of the weather to go out there & get you some of the action before it warms up!

Capt. Larry McGuire
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475

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