Water temperature: Cold fronts can drop the water temperature 10 degrees or more. This can alter the location and depth fish will hang in. Inshore fish will move out of the shallows and into deeper water. During the warmest part of the day, they will move back to the shallows to warm in the sun. Offshore fish will move until they find a warmer thermocline.
Kingfish: During the past few days, winds have dirtied nearshore waters. The kings will move farther offshore until they find clean water. They will also hang deeper where the water is warmer. One of the best places to look after a cold front is the shipping channel. Strong tides will help clear the water.
Baits: Before the front, the Egmont hole had schools of mackerel and small bonita working the surface. These are great baits for large kings to feed on. Top baits are also blue runners, mullet and ladyfish. You can slow troll the channel from Egmont West to past Port Manatee. Target areas where you see birds and mackerel working the surface. Run the baits off flat lines and down riggers.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.