We are coming into what is possibly my favorite time to fish of the year!! the weather is cooling off, there are few people on the water and the fish can go ballistic all day long! As water temps cool off and the days get shorter, a mass migration of bait is triggered and the predators are right on there heels. First to show up are the “smaller” fast movers like spanish mackerel, little tunny, and jack crevalle. Not far behind them are “smoker” king mackerel, blacktip sharks, cobia, and even a few tarpon. The action can be fast and furious with literally thousands of fish blasting the surface in every direction under droves of diving birds.
The grouper fishing on deeper structures in the bay can be stellar as well. Usually after the first cool front of the season, these scrappy fish go off and flood the bay in search of large baits. There are usually a few cobia and big snook mixed in depending on the spot.
The flats fishing this time of year is awesome as well. Redfish take a front seat as they school up and search the flats for prey. Large seatrout also show up on the flats as water temps cool and will crush topwater plugs early in the morning. Flounder begin showing up from offshore in preparation for their spawn and snook go on a frenzy before moving into their winter refuges. All in all the fishing is fantastic in pretty much every area here in tampa bay. The main problem is that there are so many fish and so little time. The action will continue like this until the water temps fall into the mid 60′s. Hopefully we will have a nice long transition until then so the action will be prolonged.
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