Warmer than normal temperatures have slowed the arrival for the fall run of king and Spanish mackerel along the Nature Coast. This weekend's cool weather should start the major migration of baitfish toward the south and bring a concentration of predators to follow.
Offshore: Look for grouper to begin to make their move toward the shallower rocks and ledges. Abundant bait along with cooler and cleaner water will provide reliable action in 20 to 40 feet. High relief areas in these depths will also see cobia, mackerel and mangrove snapper competing for forage. Be sure to present baits in such a way to cover the entire water column.
Inshore: Redfish and trout will be spending more time in depths of 3 feet or less around area islands and the main shoreline. The next several days will provide strong tidal flow with incoming water for the first six hours of the day, allowing for good opportunities to ply the shallows.
Tips: Stone crab harvest season opened this past week and the Nature Coast is blessed with an abundance of these delicious crabs. Check with the FWC for recreational harvest regulations or enjoy them from area seafood markets and restaurants.
Captain Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.