Now that it's officially fall, we're entering a great time of year for fishing. Seasonal migrations of fish are upon us, and it's really about to explode. Redfish seem to be almost everywhere on the flats, from upper Tampa Bay all the way to Pinellas Point. The copper bruisers are very cooperative now and should continue to improve as we progress through the end of the summer heat. Snook are starting to move back into their winter hangouts. They will actively feed until the water chills into the low 70s. Big Spanish mackerel have pushed well up into the bay, nice ones up to 6 pounds. They're very cooperative and should be utilized. A nice broiling pan or a proper smokehouse can turn the toothy speedsters into a wonderful treat. A long shanked hook is preferred when fishing for mackerel, especially large ones. They're notorious for biting through leader material. Typically, the week before Halloween is when the first major cold front of the season comes through our area. This usually drops air and water temperatures dramatically. When it gets cooler outside, kingfish will return on their seasonal migration. They like to come in close, sometimes well up into Tampa Bay. Now is the time to enjoy great fishing and wonderful weather. After a sweltering summer, it's difficult to believe that air temperatures will actually cool in just a few weeks.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531 or visit fishontampabay.com/captains.aspx.