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Captain's Corner: Cooler weather fine for Spanish mackerel, kingfish

The recent cold front was just what we needed to get fall fishing into full swing. On Tuesday the water was down to 64 degrees on the flats around Tarpon Springs, a 20-degree drop in four days. When you have a drastic drop in water temperature in a short time it will make for tough fishing. Fishing should get much better as the game fish get acclimated to the weather change.

During the fall and spring drastic weather changes affect the fishing from day to day. I like to fish the day before and day of the fronts, when the fish are most active and willing to feed. If you are not able to fish on these days you may want to wait three to four days after the front. This will give fish a chance to get used to the cooler water temperature and start feeding again.

This is the time of year to be fishing for Spanish mackerel and kingfish. The Spanish will be invading the local grass flats in 6 to 8 feet. Kingfish should show up on the local reefs along with some Spanish mackerel. Make sure you have everything you need for this type of fishing, such as wire leader, long shank hooks and brightly colored jig tails.

Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.

Captain's Corner: Cooler weather fine for Spanish mackerel, kingfish 10/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2009 3:59pm]
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