Changing conditions: High winds Saturday kept most offshore anglers at home as an early season cold front pushed through. But cold fronts aren't all bad. They cool the surface water temperature and stimulate the fish to bite just before and after each front because of a changing barometer. The successive cold fronts will help usher in the king mackerel, as they migrate south for the winter. The unofficial kingfish season starts Oct. 15, as we usually catch a few kings by that date.
Grouper bite: During our last trip offshore, with little effort we caught our limit of 12 keeper gag grouper on three spots. Red and black grouper took every bait offered. Frozen sardines with a trace of cut squid worked well. Once the bite slowed we lowered a live bait to stimulate them. Try chumming with live pinfish.
Other bites: Dan Condron reported finding a school of oversized breeder redfish just offshore while trolling for Spanish mackerel. Spanish mackerel are in good-sized schools less than 5 miles from shore.
Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit CaptainLarryBlue.com.