Sunday, May 20, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Go online for water temperature

What's hot: The Internet is a great place to look for areas that have the best water temperature. My favorite site is Rutgers. Go to Google and click on sea surface water temperatures for the Gulf of Mexico. Click on the site that has the Rutgers imcs coastal ocean observation lab. Click on the square that covers our area. There will be multiple maps and dates that have different clarity. Depending on cloud cover, some will have color and others won't. Click on the one that has the best color lines. This works best for kingfish that like to hang out in 72-degree waters. At this time, most kings are north of our area. The water temperature off our coast is in the upper 70s. The 72-degree zone is 40 miles north. A cold front will move through today and drop morning temperatures into the 50s. This should drop the water temperatures and start the kings moving south to our area. Look for areas of dark blue that are surrounded by warmer water. These will be the best place to look for schooling kingfish.

Pro tips: You also can use Google to get fishing reports for areas north of us. You might find a report of great kingfish action off Hudson. You will then have a good idea where the run is. After a front, keep checking the water temperatures south of the area. The front will bring strong winds that dirty nearshore waters. Look for the magical 72 degrees farther offshore. If the winds stay out of the east, fish areas close to the beach.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

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