Cool change: The water temperature is dropping as fall is around the corner, so the fishing grows better every day. The cooler morning temperatures will have a notable impact on inshore fishing, especially the snook, redfish and trout roaming the flats. As the water temps drop, snook may start to migrate toward their winter haunts like the back side of Weedon Island and the creek mouths around the bay. Redfish are abundant at Weedon Island. We have been catching them on white bait, cut ladyfish or pinfish on the bottom.
Macks and kings: Mackerel are all around the bay and around the artificial reef between Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges just like many artificial reefs in the bay. The annual kingfish migration is around the corner, and good place to start looking is the shipping channel from the mouth of the bay out to the sea buoy. You will find them around the old bridge rubble around the Skyway or any hard bottom.
Snap 'em up: Mangrove snapper are still plentiful around any structure in the bay. Just drop a small chunk of cut bait or whole shrimp to the bottom.
Tip: As the water temps start to drop, the fish start moving up the area rivers and creeks seeking out the warmer water.
Capt Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at email@example.com.