Windy conditions have hampered offshore action. Strong northeast winds are keeping anglers closer to shore. Luckily, some kingfish and Spanish mackerel are being drawn into the bait schools that have recently migrated eastward. Some kings are a stone's throw from the beach, meaning you don't have to burn a lot of fuel in the boat to get to a nice fish. Two weeks ago, we found waves of Red Tide killing our baits in live wells. It seems to have let up. Within a few days of things clearing up, large migrations of bait fish have moved toward shore. Behind them will be more game fish. Expect some thrilling action once the winds calm. A few cobia have been located, so keep a rod ready to toss a live bait in their path if they swim up to your boat. They are extremely curious and normally willing to eat a baited hook.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.