The annual migration of Spanish mackerel through the Tampa Bay area has begun. An abundance of baitfish draw them here each fall where they will hang around for a few months gorging themselves. Our summer resident population of mackerel will join them and move south as cold fronts begin to push through, dropping water temperatures below their comfort zone. Cobia are also mixed in with the mackerel and tend to gather on many of the same wrecks and reefs. Having a dedicated rod rigged and ready is often the key when a cobia shows up unexpectedly. The cobia also seem to arrive just ahead of the major push of kingfish. Kingfish are expected to begin arriving within a couple of weeks. With so many migrations overlapping, our fishing scene is set to come alive with multiple species. Add light-duty bottom fishing and the action can be nonstop.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.