Winter is here: Winter took hold last week. Blustery winds and cold air have lowered expectations. Temps will be cold for only a few days. We anticipate going back to work Monday or Tuesday.
Spring is near: Before you know it, we'll have our first migrations of kingfish. Last year, they arrived in early March due to warmer conditions. This year's arrival date also will be dictated by the weather, 68 degrees seeming to be the magic number. It has been an up-and-down winter with extremely warm and cold temps. With the kings, we'll have sharks, bonito and Spanish mackerel following close behind. By the end of March, things will be quite active in the gulf.
Best bet: Bottom fishing shouldn't slow much due to this cold snap. As soon as the cold fronts pass, reef fish should be ready to grab chunks of squid and other cut baits. They are not as temperamental to the cold condition. Grunts porgies and grouper are eating well in 50 feet.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.