Sunday, January 21, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Spring is approaching, but water temperatures still low

After the past few weeks of extreme cold and warm weather, fishing has changed. Many fish don't know whether it is spring or winter. Even though we've reached the month when things feels like spring is just around the corner, don't be mistaken. The beach water temps are still low. You can feel the coolness as you drive onto the beach from the mainland. It'll take another 2-3 weeks before things become more consistent for spring fish migrations. Last year was a different story in early March. We had multiple species of fish already working our way. Every year is different. We'll have to wait and see how the weather patterns pan out. The great thing about this area is there's always something to target. Offshore in the deeper waters of the Gulf, we have large amberjack on many of the wrecks. These bruisers will keep you busy until our spring fish migrate our way. A few red grouper are being taken in depths of 90-plus feet. Some days are better than others, but the action is picking up from last month's dismal start. Large amounts of American red snapper have been a nuisance for anglers trying to get a grouper dinner for the past few months. All depths show good numbers. Their season is closed.

Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

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