Drastic weather changes and strong wind events typically require a few days for action to improve. Those of us with political fatigue went fishing anyway. Redfish, grouper and a few late-season snook have been the most cooperative.
Seasonal tip: This time of year requires patience with the fish and weather. The air temperatures feel invigorating, but cool air this time of year usually comes with a good dose of wind. Huge weather changes will move baitfish off the flats and make bait collection an ordeal. Expect fish to move into deeper pockets on the flats and eventually residential canals.
What's hot: Redfish are bunched up into large groups in upper Tampa Bay. The fish are hanging out on the outside of the flats. The area there is shallow. Check the tide chart and go slow if unsure of water depth. Gold spoons, jigs or live shrimp will catch cool-water reds. Grouper are moving into the bay. The shipping channel ledges and natural hard-bottom areas will hold the feisty reef dwellers. Large piles of structure are hot spots as the weather cools.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or at www.snookfish.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.