Finally we have cooler weather, compliments of the past tropical system. The backside of that system created counterclockwise winds, spinning dry cool air for days. This made our mornings and evenings more tolerable without the humidity and brought water temperatures below 80 degrees. Soon after the water hit the 70s, magical things began to happen. Reports of kingfish started showing up from captains up and down the coast. Numerous sizes were found at various locations, scattered but our first solid migration for the year. Some fish were caught close to the beach, further out near wrecks and reefs, even all the way in 120 feet of water. This week things will get interesting with a couple fronts coming down. The weekend cold front will have a punch and bring water temps closer toward the mid 70s, luring nice fish to our area. Hopefully gag grouper will be a new arrival, since they have been nonexistent inside 100 feet of water. Keeper-sized fish have been tough to catch, so we're looking forward to their fall migration. Mid October is when the water gets right. You'll find gags in 20 feet of water. After this next front numerous species will come in larger waves that could occur through December. It's all up to how soon 65-degree water temps settle in.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.