What's happening: The water temperature has plummeted, and that should push both baitfish and their predators into our area. Both trolling and bottom fishing should produce well.
Targets: Kingfish, bonito, Spanish mackerel and barracuda have been our main trolling targets. Spanish mackerel and kingfish have been scattered for the most part and require some searching. This should change with the decrease in water temperature. Spanish mackerel should show close to shore near every gulf pass and feed on outgoing tides. Their larger cousins, the kingfish, will be there also, but the larger schools, but not necessarily larger fish, will be along the shipping channel and near the artificial reefs and wrecks where the migratory baitfish are.
Tip: It no longer requires a long run offshore to catch gag and red grouper. Concentrations of them can be found in 30- to 60-foot depths. Right now the larger ones find it hard to resist a large squirrelfish hooked just above the anal fin.
Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.