What's hot: October is one of the best months for fishing offshore. Cooler water and a huge influx of bait will trigger a feeding frenzy in nearshore waters. Mackerel have moved in and are feeding heavily on juvenile threadfin herring and glass minnows from the swim buoys on the beach to the shallower artificial reefs around 10 miles offshore. There are many techniques to catching mackerel. First is trolling spoons and other artificial lures at 6-8 knots. Others include anchoring, chumming and deploying live bait.
This week's cold front should push another huge amount of fish to this area. The "drop" off Blinds Pass, Redington hard bottom and "the ditch" will produce some of the season's largest fish in the next couple of weeks. When fishing these areas, it is important to "match the hatch." Once you get to your desired location, stop and look. If you see mackerel, that is what the kings will be feeding on; if threadfin are there, use them, and so on.
Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 or www.fintasticinc.com.