Change ahead: Winds are stout, and the weekend will be noticeably cooler. The refreshing air temperature should activate lethargic fish as well as anglers who are tired of the sweltering conditions. One of our last large high tides is this week and again toward the end of the month. Inshore fishing should be solid. This is also the time of year that everything from baitfish to game fish will start migratory patterns and tend to change whereabouts and behavior, especially after dramatic weather changes. Therefore, sometimes extra patience is required to find fish.
Targets: Snook are fattening up for winter, and redfish are becoming more prevalent on area flats. Offshore, kings are showing up in traditional places along beach, as well as their smaller relatives, Spanish mackerel. Areas with hard bottom typically are good places to look. Grouper will be moving closer to shore as the water temperature falls, so you will save money on fuel.
Be wary: Once again, we are in a transitional time of year. Do not expect to see fish where you have all summer. And it is a good idea to double-check the marine forecast. A nasty front can really increase the wind speeds.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or www.snookfish.com or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.