The transition into fall is in the air. I know itís still blistering hot in the afternoon, but if youíve been outside at sunrise lately you can feel the change.
The fishing has been great recently with the arrival of our fall baitfish. Opportunistic anglers can keep rods bent for the majority of their day both inshore and offshore.
Inshore fishing has been spectacular on the low incoming tide all week. Live chumming with scaled sardines can lead to a malay of fish activity. Everything from jack crevalle to redfish will respond to a steady flow of free sardines.
Setting up a long cast away from tidal flat edges will allow you to concentrate your efforts in a high percentage area. Find the pelicans and youíre going to find the bait. A quarter-inch castnet will prevent gilling some of the smaller baits.
There is also plenty of bait holding on grass flats adjacent to the passes. You can either chum them up with jack mackerel or drift and throw them on the flashes.
Offshore, red grouper fishing remains excellent in the 45 to 55 foot range. Target Swiss cheese bottom with either live or dead bait, drifting is your best bet as these areas are vast and the fish can be spread out.
Gag grouper are holding in these same depths; however, youíll need to find a ledge and anchor up tide of it.
Start with the frozen bait to get the fish fired up and then switch to the live once you catch a few.
Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at email@example.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.