Unruly weather: For the past week, the weather has hampered many anglers' dreams of catching fish. Strong winds, high seas and torrential downpours have been the culprits. These conditions can be common during the peak of hurricane season, but it will calm soon.
Opportunity knocks: Water temperatures already have started to drop due to the rain and shorter daylight hours. This will not only decrease tropical conditions but trigger many fall migrations of fish toward us.
Season opener: Gag grouper season opens Sept. 16. Many local anglers are eagerly awaiting. All depths have some populations. And don't be surprised if there already are impressive numbers in 40 feet. All summer, we have reluctantly released large gags in waters of 100 feet and deeper. Just before the nasty weather hit, many anglers noticed an easterly migration of gag grouper in our shallower depths, too. As we get closer to October, our fall migration should be in full swing, allowing anglers to catch gags within a few miles of the beach. Also expect a brief appearance of large kingfish. It will happen immediately after the water temperatures drop below 81 degrees. They will be rogue fish with large appetites.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or see www.jawstoo.com.