Two decent cold fronts in as many weeks has undoubtedly changed the fishing scene. With water temperatures now in the upper 70s it’s time to get serious about kingfish, Spanish mackerel, cobia and tripletail. These migratory fish will make their way along our coast for the next several weeks, barring any major weather change.
This first wave of kingfish making their way through right now are big, fish over 30 pounds are common and 40-pound fish are definitely out there. Big baits equal big fish, when fishing in close to the beach this means Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and ladyfish to name a few, are what the kingfish are looking for. Schools of these fish can be seen frothing the surface as they run a full blitz on huge pods of defenseless fry bait. Slow troll freshly caught baits around the edges of the frenzy. Stinger rigs with up to three treble hooks will help you hook up as kingfish are known for hitting the tail of the bait and then circling around for a clean-up strike. Something to keep in mind when your bait gets hit but the rod doesn’t go off. Free spool the bait so it remains in the area it was hit. Most likely injured and struggling, the kingfish should come back and finish the job.
ST. PETERSBURG - Friends of Weedon Island will host the fourth annual Gopher Weedon Trail Run Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
The event will take runners and walkers on a journey through native Florida habitats, including gorgeous views of Tampa Bay. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Friends of Weedon Island's mission to support environmental preservation and education at the Weedon Island Preserve.
Registered runners and walkers will receive a race T-shirt, professional race timing and results, awards for each age group, and free food at the post-race party. Spaces are limited and registration is encouraged. to register, visit www.fowi.org/gopherwee
Loggerhead turtle nest numbers remain high and leatherback turtle nesting reached a new record in 2014, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission research scientists.
“Sea turtles face many important threats at sea and on land, which need to be addressed for the recovery of these charismatic and endangered species, but the results of the 2014 nesting season in Florida are encouraging and provide a positive outlook for the future,” said research scientist Simona Ceriani.
CLEARWATER - Dozens of athletes from all over Florida gathered at the Saturn Avenue ball field on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the annual Little League Challenger Jamboree. It was a beautiful day, and the complex was filled with dignitaries, athletes, volunteers, parents and friends. They were all there to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of a special group of athletes who are doing what they love - playing ball.
Conditions are approaching ideal for some fantastic fall kingfishing. Near perfect weather conditions over the last several days has the bait firmly settled into our area. With the water temperature just over 80 degrees we’re not quite where we need to be to have the fishing just explode, but it’s only a matter of a few days.
Areas of bait, birds and hard bottom are what you want to look for when scouting for kingfish. Traditional top spots would be the many artificial reefs that lie anywhere from 3 to 12 miles offshore, the channel markers along the shipping channel just west of Egmont Key, and all along the beach if Spanish mackerel can be seen working schools of bait close to shore.