High winds have made it dangerous to fish unprotected waters. There are a few protected areas right along the beaches that are fishable with easterly winds but getting to some of them can be tricky.
Offshore: Spanish mackerel and some kingfish are still being caught as they follow bait schools that have moved into the lee of the shoreline. Some decent fishing has been available within a couple of miles of the beach but venturing any farther is not advised for all but the largest vessels.
Inshore: Snook, trout and redfish have continued to move inland as the water temperature is slowly coming down. Tampa Bay area creeks and rivers can provide some good action on windy days and allow for some shelter. Artificial lures such as jerk shads, jigs and swim baits are an effective way to locate your quarry when conditions make it difficult to sight fish. The more water you cover, the better your chance for success.
Tips: Unsettled weather and high winds are forecast for much of this week. The prudent mariner should not venture far since these conditions can cause accidents in a hurry.
Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.