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Cool Changes Underway

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On: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:12AM | By: Captain Ray Markham

After days of heavy rains recently, clearing and cooler weather followed. The skies dumped over 10 inches of rain in some areas along the Suncoast, resulting in lake levels overflowing and rivers hitting flood levels. The salinity levels were reduced in the bays, and water temperatures took a slight dip. All these changes combined with our first cool front had an effect on fish. The initially the fish moved to where salinity levels are moderate; now that they are acclimated to the changes, it's going game on! In lakes, overflow drains create some current and attract fish. Storm drains where they empty into the bay likely hold ambush predators hitting small baitfish that get flushed out with the overflow.

I believe the rain and cooler weather is throwing fish into high gear. Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel are likely to begin their southerly migration, but the red tide that's offshore may be a factor in the paths these fish make on their southerly trek. They could head way offshore or find a depth where the bloom is light and swim through it.

Snook that were on the beaches and in passes have scooted back inside the bays as they prepare for winter by chowing down on whatever forage they find. Look for them on points and in swash channels around mangrove islands and oyster bars. The afternoon outgoing tide should produce a good on the minor solunar period. The late morning incoming tide should be a good one for targeting Redfish and Trout around the noon hour. This time frame encompasses the major solunar period.

Red Grouper season came to a close on October 4, reports of some amazing catches of big Red Grouper continue to come in despite the closure.


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