What's hot: October's fishing for benthic and pelagic species has been great as usual. The recent small cold front made the fishing outstanding. Spanish mackerel are a sure thing for anglers trolling hardware or live bait from just off the beach to a mile offshore near every pass entering the gulf, especially on an outgoing tide.
Tips: The most common baits for Spanish mackerel are live small threadfins or scaled sardines hooked through the nose with a long shanked thin wire hook. An often overlooked bait is live shrimp fished with the same type of hook placed under the horn. Kingfish have been trickling into the area for a few weeks. The larger solitary fish are in the same areas inhabited by their cousins the Spanish mackerel and requires patience and large slow trolled baits such as ladyfish, legal Spanish mackerel or blue runners to elicit a bite. Smaller fish "schoolies" are more numerous on all of the mid water artificial reefs such as Indian Shores and Rube Alyn.
Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.