Weather changes: Cold, blustery weather put a halt to most of the fishing for the past few days. This unusual blast of cold air will prolong our awesome spring migration of many fish. Water temperatures were starting to creep up toward normal. Now expect temperatures to stabilize in the 70s for a longer period, allowing the kingfish migration to get even better. Expect May to be one of our most outstanding months.
Great bottom fishing: Grouper fishing has been better this year than the past three. I attribute this to the healthy rebound of the live coral, sea grasses and sponges rapidly growing on the bottom. The Red Tide had devastated many live rock areas, detouring fish during their normal migrations. Now that the Red Tide has left for a while, the outlook is optimistic. Grouper of all sizes have been seen. Healthy bottom structures lure in smaller reef fish, thus attracting bigger fish, such as grouper. Expect the grouper action to remain strong throughout the summer.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, jawstoo.com or (727) 595-3276.