I’m sitting here with my feet kicked up instead of on a boat because for the second day in a row, the skies have opened up and rained heavily. Some fishermen look at this as a bad thing. And for a few days, it might be. It can sure put a hurting on the wallets of fishing guides for a few days.
But, we need the rain. The water temperature around here for the past few weeks has hovered in the low 90’s and this rain will be sure to bring that down. It will also help pump oxygen into the water that fish need. So, as long as it doesn’t rain for 30 straight days like last year, I think the rain is a welcome sight.
Looking ahead, everything is lining up to be a great fall for fishing. Lately we’ve been getting into some of our late summer fish like spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, and even a few kingfish. And, the snook bite has been pretty good as well. But, once we get that first cold front of the fall, you can bet the redfish, snook, and trout will really fire off.
We’ll be fishing out of O’Neill’s Marina in St. Petersburg and the grass flats, mangrove islands, and some docks will become some of our most frequently targeted spots. the bait of choice will be live scaled sardines and we’ll see the best bite for redfish on high, outgoing water. The trout seem to like the first of the incoming. and the snook like it best halfway through the outgoing.
Fall is a busy time of year for us so make sure you call as soon as you can to ensure you can get out there when we have the best tides.