Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Cold fronts bring Spanish mackerel, kingfish

What's hot: Action along the beach has been excellent with Spanish mackerel and kingfish. Expect the fish to move around with approaching cold fronts that typically start pushing through our area at this time of year. Easterly breezes during consistent weather between frontal systems will draw the mackerels very close to shore, where the bait has gathered. When the wind turns to the west, the baitfish will head out deeper and the predator fish will follow them.

Fall migration: Each passing cold front will deliver a new wave of fish to our area as they migrate south for the winter. Water temperatures in the mid to low 70s are considered ideal for Spanish mackerel and kingfish. Weather patterns will determine when and where to fish.

Kid's action: Spanish mackerel and smaller kingfish are perfect targets for family outings with kids. Live bait fished on medium, light-spinning gear is easy for the kids to handle. Anchoring and chumming will draw the fish to the boat, where the bite can be nonstop.

Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.

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