The fall's first strong cold front likely will mix things up for coastal anglers. Prior to Monday's temperature drop, gulf waters already had dipped from 77 to 71 degrees off Tarpon Springs in just one week. Kingfish and cobia have been abundant, lingering in the middle of their seasonal migration route due to warm weather, but that might change. It's difficult to say how cool the water will get, but many of those fish will thin out and move south. Since deeper water temperatures fluctuate slower, that will be the place to look for targeting kings and cobia. Not only will water be a warmer below the surface, it will be cleaner than the beach, where heavy wave action churns up the bottom.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at (727) 944-3474.