The recent cool front has affected the water temperature dropping it a few degrees quickly. However, the weather this week is stable and the water temps are rebounding. Initially, fish will shut down until they acclimate to the cooler water. I have been kingfishing and mackerel fishing during the weaker, lower tidal phases. Bait has been plentiful offshore, making it easy to locate kingfish and spanish mackerel. Slow trolling threadfin herring works great for locating a few fish. Once we get bites I may anchor up in the area and start chumming, bringing the fish to the boat. 30 to 40 pound wire is a must to prevent frequent break offs. This time of year often brings a migration of trout to St. Joseph Sound in North Pinellas. There are a few showing up and it should get better as the cold fronts continue to occur. The spoil islands are the usual targets for anglers, although the shallow flats to the east will often hold the larger female trout also. Plastic jigs rigged on a 1/8 ounce jighead works great for locating fish. Currently, sardines are the favored bait until deeper in winter when their focus will be on live shrimp or slow working jigs near the bottom. Snook and small redfish are gathering around some of the islands along with the trout. The drop offs where the darker grass meets the sand are good transitions, allowing the predator fish to ambush baits that are easily exposed when over the light sandy areas.

So that’s what’s happening out here! Please book your day of fishing now! Call me at 727-365-7560 or email me soon! I can’t wait to hear from you all! Capt. Brian


Even though on the calendar summers end is drawing near, temperatures in Florida will remain in the mid-80s and low 90s for quite a while. And, although reports of deadly red tide outbreaks have been reported in South Pinellas, Clearwater Beach and to the North remain clear and hopefully will stay that way.  Either way, fish know that it’s time to start migrating back towards their transitional locations for fall. Snook are still hanging around the beaches. Not in numbers they were but still a dependable bite if you can find them. The male fish tend to hang around a lot longer than the females especially after they have laid there eggs. Trout are also very plentiful along the beach but more reliable on the grass flats inside of the passes. Sardines are my favorite date of choice when targeting both snook and trout, but each species will also eat small pinfish. Redfish are starting to show up a little better especially around the higher tides. It may take some effort, but once they are found, cut Baits placed in the potholes adjacent to the mangroves has worked really well. Normally I advocate fishing in the bushes skipping Baits as deep as you can. But for some reason in my area redfish are schooling on the outside more commonly. Not a lot of upper slot fish but more of the smaller to mid slot fish have been working the sand holes and chasing pinfish. On the weaker moon phases I’ve been focusing on near shore species. Mackerel have been attacking bait schools within 1 to 2 miles of shore, especially near all of the passes in North Pinellas. Again, greenbacks are the better choice but throwing silver spoons has always been a go to bait for those not able to catch live bait and store it in the boat. From now through the fall mackerel will be a pretty reliable source of action.

Adjusting for the Heat!

The fishing has been steady in North Pinellas County. Low midday tides are very warm, causing most fish to be lethargic, searching for a drop off or edge of the flat to avoid the hot water. Redfishing has been tougher this week. There are still plenty of snook around the beaches, but in late summer, spawning has occurred and the fish are not eating as often. The smaller male fish are more likely to eat while the females are concentrating on fertilizing and laying their eggs. Last week I had the pleasure to participate once again in a Kids Fish Camp. We fished for snook and redfish for a little while but eventually turned our focus to trout and mangrove snapper. We even fished around the bridge pilings catching grunts, snapper, flounder and a few other species running under the bridges. Sometimes you have to be prepared to change gears when the weather is an issue or the fish in your favorite spot just aren’t biting. Summer storms are very common in July so the ability to look at a radar on a smart phone is extremely convenient and very valuable when you need to see how close storms are to your location. It can definitely affect your game plan for the day. Whether to run south towards a jetty to snook fish, move north to work a trout flat, or to head back to the marina to allow a possible thunderstorm with lightning to pass before continuing.