It's no secret that some fishing days are better than others, and there's usually a good reason. Recently, Larry Emerson and Matt Brooks were fortunate enough to go out on a day when a cold front was forecast. Prior to a front, south winds increase. More important, barometric pressure drops. Falling barometric pressure is detected by game fish and sparks feeding activity.
Having a livewell full of whitebait (scaled sardines), we quickly got to the spot where hopefully our targeted species would be waiting. Spanish mackerel and king mackerel (kingfish) have been abundant along St. Pete Beach, and soon after the first white minnow hit the water drags were singing.
Emerson and Brooks were having bites on every cast, landing Spanish regularly, when Emerson's drag started singing a different tune.
"Let me know if you get down to the backing, Larry," I said. "If you do, I'll throw the anchor ball and we'll chase this bad boy down."
Sure enough, the anchor ball went over and the chase was on. Unfortunately, whatever it was — king, shark or cobia — it won that battle. After recovering the anchor ball, a few minutes of chumming got the bite started again. Suddenly, Emerson had another line screamer. This time, the king came to gaff.
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 510-4376.