What's hot: Fishing for Spanish mackerel was on fire prior to the blustery weather system that hit our area. Action is expected to return as conditions calm with mackerel, kingfish, cobia and more being cooperative. Water temperatures that were prime have begun to drop, meaning the fall migration will begin to thin out with each cold front.
Game-changer: Cooling water temperatures require a shift in tactics and locations. Trout and redfish will take the spotlight as snook taper off. The largest trout can be found hiding in sandy potholes along the top edge of shallow grass flats that roll off to deeper water. Redfish are following mullet schools in the shallows, and snook are moving closer to deep canals.
Family fun: Near-shore bottom fishing can keep everyone busy. Any structure, from natural limestone ledges to artificial reefs, holds various species. Grouper, snapper, flounder, sea bass, trigger fish, porgies, grunts and more will eat almost any bait. Scale down tackle size to keep it fun for children.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.