Sunday, May 20, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Weather brings various species to bay area

Winter or spring?: We have encountered numerous fish species recently. Kingfish, red grouper, hog snapper, amberjacks and cobia are just a few.

Another awesome migration: Last week large migrations of sharks moved into the area. This is normal in spring, but usually when water temperatures climb to about 74 degrees. We are seeing these migrations all at once because of up-and-down conditions — cold and windy for a week, then above normal highs. This allows numerous species to overlap on their migrations. These occurrences have worked out for anglers, opening doors of opportunity for a seemingly endless migration of fish. If we are lucky, this mixed bag of species could stretch to the end of May.

Fishing tip: Get out between the good and the ugly weather. Bring every bit of arsenal you can muster, as the species that pops up behind your boat could be anything. Expect sailfish, tuna and other pelagic fish to add to this already action-packed mixture by mid month. The presence of flying fish will be the true indication that a rogue sail is nearby. Once water temperatures climb over 75 we'll have endless options. Kingfish season is officially here. Migrations have been sporadic but above average. By April 10 we will should have decent numbers at all depths.

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

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