High winds kept most anglers in port for a better part of the week. Unseasonable cool temperatures and the neap tides of the quarter moon put a damper on the peak spring flats and near shore fishing. With the changing cycles of weather we have experienced the past decade, late passing fronts have been all but unusual.
Inshore and nearshore fishing is in full swing
Prior to the cold front, action was red-hot on the North Suncoast flats. With stronger tides around the major moon periods, inshore grand slams (tarpon, snook, redfish, trout) were virtually everyday occurrences for us. We encountered large cobia in areas that are traditionally fished for redfish and trout such as swash channels and hard bottom cul-de-sacs. Nearshore and just off the 20 foot contour line will continue to produce Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia and gag grouper.
I am often asked how do I find fish when they are moving so much from day to day in a classic spring pattern. In the spring, flats species such as snook and redfish migrate out of the area rivers and canals. These fish are in search of forage to regain the loss of body fat during their near winter hibernation and that is staple to their reproductive cycle. Near shore species such as Spanish mackerel, cobia and kingfish are all migrating from the south following the baitfish migration dictated by seasonal water temperatures. Finding these food sources is the key to finding all of these gamefish and of course, good things happen to those with bait.
Capt. Robert McCue can be reached at 800-833-0489 or through his website www.GiantTarpon.com