Changes are in the making. The shifting angle of the sun makes the days shorter and that is a signal for fish to feed and fatten before winter. Fishing will improve greatly as temperatures cool. There are tarpon along the beaches just beyond the swim buoys. A little further offshore there is an abundance of Spanish mackerel and lots of sharks feeding on them. The county reef systems are holding a fair amount of baitfish and quite a few larger Spanish mackerel. The early morning seems to be the best time to find them. There have been scattered catches of kingfish, but in a couple of weeks we should see more of the fall migration. Watch for balls of baitfish near the surface; you might notice the bait scatter as kingfish smash into them. Bottom fishing for grouper, snapper and grunts will get better as water temperatures fall. Depths of 35-55 feet have been productive, but larger fish are deeper. If fuel isn't an issue head out to 85 feet or more. Also watch for cobia that might be cruising through the area this time of year. Barracuda that have been guarding the reefs all summer will slowly thin out and join the migration in the coming weeks.
Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit captainlarryblue.com.