Another weak cold front pushed through the area over last weekend. Usually it takes a few days for the fish to begin to actively feed again. However, with the water temperatures sitting at a crisp 72 to 74 degrees, as long as the bait remains in the area the fish are showing no signs of slowing down.
Inshore the bite has been lights out. If you’re a live bait angler, there’s no reason that you can’t keep a rod bent almost the entire day. Redfish, trout, snook and Spanish mackerel are top targets with jack crevalle and ladyfish being by catch.
It is time to turn off the air, open the windows and embrace the cool autumn breezes gliding down from the north as we recap the dolphins outside your doorstep.
Falling water temperatures have roused them into the coltish action we expect in horses released in spring from a long cold winter in the barn.
There is a lot of good news on the dolphin front. The significant reduction in dolphin numbers across John’s Pass Bridge construction through 2010 and deeper dip in 2011-2013 has slowly reversed itself. We currently enjoy as many dolphins now as before bridge construction, the wretched winter of 2010, and unspeakable BP oil spill in summer 2010. It was a long ten years.
Strong easterly winds over the last several days have been a key factor on the fishing scene. Fortunately for us, the Intracoastal Waterway runs north and south and isn’t very far across, which really helps in keeping the waves down.
Those seeking redfish and trout can seek refuge along the eastern shore of the Intracoastal Waterway while those looking to target mackerel and kingfish can stay close to the beach and be sheltered from the wind.
While the big push of kingfish hasn’t really made its way to our area yet, we are starting to catch a few small- to medium-sized kings mixed in with some of the nice-sized Spanish mackerel that are schooling up a mile or two offshore. Anchoring and chumming can be one of the most exciting ways to fish for these speedy fish, and using light rods spooled completely with 15-pound braid will give you ample line to land most kingfish hooked on the small baits. Bring plenty of bait so that you can chum aggressively. A 2/0 long shank hook and 12-inch piece of light wire connected to a few feet of 30-pound fluorocarbon tied directly to the braid makes up the terminal end of things.
ST. PETERSBURG - The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron will present a seven-week safe boating program titled America’s Boating Course, beginning Monday, Nov. 7, at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, Demens Landing, St. Petersburg.
Classes meet on consecutive Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m.
Most people associate wildflowers with the spring season, but in Florida, it’s the fall season when colors come to life.
There are many different shapes, sizes and colors of wildflowers, but I wanted to point out a few that are flowering right now at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. There aren’t many places in Pinellas County where you can see wildflowers growing in a natural setting, but it’s worth the trip if you get a chance.
ST. PETERBURG - This year’s Science Festival and MarineQuest will be Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along the waterfront campus of University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Poynter Park.
The city’s Innovation District is the backdrop for thousands to get their hands on science. More than eight years after members of the St. Petersburg Ocean Team got together and decided to offer science to the masses, their vision is now a reality along Bayboro Harbor.
Waking up Monday morning to the cool crisp fall air brought excitement. It’s go-time around here, so you want to be ready for the endless angling opportunities fall has to offer.
Any day the first real wave of kingfish will settle into our area. Fall is by far the best time of year to target big kingfish close to shore. This week thousands of baited stone crab traps will hit the near-shore waters of the gulf. Many believe it’s this massive chum slick that gets our fall kingfish season started. Whether it’s true or not, the thought of fighting big fish amongst strings of crab floats is synonymous with our region. Big live baits such as mullet, ladyfish and shad slow trolled through areas of bait don’t have a chance when conditions are right. Double stinger rigs with number 4 treble hooks are standard for fall big bait fishing, and reels loaded with 30 pound mono will give added security when you get wrapped around a crab trap.