What's hot: The fall season is here and fishing is getting into full swing. It is time to get in on the near-shore reef action that the cooler water will stimulate — grouper, kingfish, Spanish mackerel and other wreck species will be at our fingertips. Inshore, most of the linesiders are moving off the beaches into transitional spots. As bait schools invade the shoreline, many species are involved in the forage of these sardines and glass minnows. Bonita and mackerel are working together and crashing the surface less than a quarter mile off the beaches. At dawn and dusk, throw smaller topwaters. Scattered kingfish are working the edges of the large mackerel schools in depths around 25 feet.
Tips: In the backcountry, snook and redfish are holding along the same oyster bars and feeding on incoming tides. Redfish are schooling up on the flats. A livewell full of sardines will help find these predators. Chumming will stimulate these inshore species to pop bait and give a location. Points and deeper troughs along the treeline are great ambush places.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.