Kingfish season: This past month we have been catching kingfish at all depths. Fishermen working the middle grounds about 75 miles northwest saw thousands moving our way last week. Our fall run should be felt everywhere in the gulf after the seas calm a bit from the recent cold front. Water temperatures have dropped into the 70s, prime for fall kings.
Other species: Gag grouper fishing should start to pick up this week at many of the shallower depths. Expect to see good numbers (sometimes your limit on one spot) in depths shallower than 40 feet. This action will intensify with the next few cold fronts. Gags love the cooler water that the shallower gulf offers in the fall. Last year we caught a lot of fish from mid October to December fishing the 38-foot depth. Cobias will also make an end-of-the-season migration our way. Keep your eyes out over many of the wrecks. That's where they'll be schooling for the most part. Plenty of spinner sharks will also be there, terrorizing the mackerel and bonitos as they feed on fry minnows.
Lots of action: The bottom line: You will have great success this time of year. It's hard not to catch some nice fish with all these fall migrations in full swings.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or see www.jawstoo.com.