Big changes have taken place in our weather pattern. Cold fronts that weren’t quite strong enough to make it into our area over the past few weeks are plenty strong enough now.
Last week’s cold front has dropped the water temperature 10 degrees. On a positive note we should start receiving a good surge of migratory fish, such as kingfish, Spanish mackerel and cobia.
The biggest concern after these fronts pass through is whether or not it’s going to get too cold for the bait and cause them to leave the area. Thankfully after this last front that’s not been the case. If anything the bait may actually be more plentiful now than it was before the front. With the east winds we’ve been having the bait has been pushed right up close to shore. Look for the diving pelicans right off the beach if you’re looking to load the live well full of pilchards.
Inshore fishing has been great all week. Plenty of redfish can be caught working deep edges on the lower tidal stages. These schools will only bunch up better as we approach the new moon. Deep grass flats inside the passes are holding a lot of trout, most of which are still small.
However, the larger fish are starting to show up and will only get better after these upcoming cold fronts. Plenty of Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jacks will be mixed in with the trout.
Offshore, king fishing has been hit or miss.
After this last front, it’s been better. Target artificial reefs in 30 to 50 feet of water for action on schoolie sized fish, and stay close to the beach if you’re looking for a big fish. Threadfins, cigar minnows and blue runners will work for the schoolie’s while larger baits such as Spanish mackerel, shad and ladyfish will attract the smoker kings.
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