What's hot: As cooler temperatures approach, many inshore game fish will search the flats aggressively for food. The drop in water temperature will result in clear water throughout St. Joseph Sound. Schools of redfish stir up the bottom and creating mud that can be seen against the backdrop of the turtle grass. Copper-colored spoons with a brown bucktail trailer work great on these moving fish, as they hit the lure in a reaction strike. During the negative tides this weekend, look for reds to tail on shallow flats near Honeymoon and Caladesi islands. Work the edges of sandy pockets in the drop-offs and take note of smaller feeder troughs that lead into these strike zones.
Tips: The fall migration of mackerel has begun. Many are in the 4- to 5-pound range and are holding on any type of hard bottom around 25 feet. The larger offshore redfish are oftentimes holding on these same structures that the mackerel hang around. These breeder-sized fish can average about 30 pounds.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.