Wind forecast: Heavy winds the past few days have kept most boats from heading out. Safety is always key, and there are no fish worth risking life or equipment over. Those who journeyed out had to stay close to home and seek shelter on the lee side of any land mass. Winds should gradually subside this week. Fishing will improve as waters muddied by the wind clear. Areas with good tidal flow will flush first, and normal conditions should return as we move toward the full moon next week.
Beach action: The Spanish mackerel, kingfish, sharks and barracuda that were prevalent along gulf beaches prior to the blow have left. A longer run to the west until clean water is found will be necessary for several days. Target high-profile structures such as wrecks or artificial reefs to find concentrations of fish.
Kids report: Children have kept busy catching and releasing smaller bottom fish while adults waited for strikes on the surface lines. Fishing over natural hard bottom areas has led to catch-and-release action from small grouper and sharks. Other species that have occasionally been caught include sea bass, flounder, grunts and silver trout.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727)510-1009.