What's hot: The abundance of baitfish off the beach earlier this week was incredible. However, the lack of Spanish mackerel was obvious. In their place were schools of bonito, which are in the tuna family, but not widely accepted as table fare. They have the ability to control their body temperature. Generally, they can make themselves warmer than surrounding conditions, which keeps them active when other fish are cold and lethargic.
Tips: Since the water cooled suddenly, many of the slower swimming baitfish were essentially trapped in the cool water and became prey for bonito. The baitfish and bonito are easy to find. Seabirds dive from above as the bait is pushed up by bonito below.
What to watch for: We will see some Spanish and king mackerel caught in the coming weeks, but it will be fewer and fewer. The baitfish will continue their migration south with the bonito following.
Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit CaptainLarryBlue.com.
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