Expect fishing to be a little slower during the first half of this week. A cold front over the weekend brought a strong north wind. The water will be pretty dirty. If you're able to get out, try fishing the leeward side of a protected area. The water clarity should be better. The best part of the quick cold fronts is they keep the water temperature around 80 degrees. We need this as it seems we will continue to have summer-like weather the rest of the week. Offshore and inside of 5 miles on the hard bottom have produced nonstop kingfish action. The fish have been anywhere from 15-40 pounds. Mix Spanish mackerel, bonita and sharks into the action and you will have a stellar day. With the cooler water, snook have become active, blowing up on chummers and chasing down live-scaled sardines. The negative tides have moved them out of the mangroves and into the sand holes on the flats. The upper bay is holding nice slot snook. If you're looking for a keeper before the season ends, fish north of the Howard Frankland.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.