What's hot: The first hint of fall-like weather will be here this weekend, so fishing should pick up dramatically and conditions will be much more tolerable for anglers. Water temperatures should cool a bit. Redfish are starting to concentrate into larger groups, as is typical of early fall. They have become much more cooperative in the past few weeks, and this pattern should continue until it gets really cold. The overall size of the average fish has been on the upper end of the slot limit (27 inches). Conservation and hatchery projects seem to be having a positive impact on the species.
Tip: Finding large schools of mullet can reveal the location of fall reds. For whatever reason, the two species are usually found together. It will get cold eventually, so take advantage of the great weather and fish as much as possible in the next few weeks. When it gets cold and windy, the fishing can really shut down. This is also a good time to have your equipment examined and serviced.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.snookfish.com.