Success this time of year is dependent on adapting to the weather. We're great fishing inshore and nearshore. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel have been outstanding the past few weeks. East winds have allowed us to fish 2-6 miles out. Look for birds attacking bait pods forced to the surface by marauding fish. Trolling live sardines or hardware will result in several hookups on Spanish and king mackerel. Setting on anchor and chumming over rock piles of artificial reefs will draw mackerel and mangrove snapper. Inshore species such as snook and redfish have been responding in areas usually targeted in warmer months. Snook have remained around the passes and yet in transition also, staging along the creek mouths near the backcountry. Redfish are eating cut bait cast near oyster bars and mangrove shorelines on higher tides. However, as temperatures begin to dip and winds increase behind fronts, offshore fish often get pushed deeper and southward. Inshore species will move to seawalls, canals, bays and other structures that offer protection.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.