Weekend Weather and Fishing4Cast

September 14, 2012

The weekend weather outlook is pretty typical for this time of year for the Gulf of Mexico – light to moderate chop with isolated thunderstorms. Definitely be safe out there when offshore fishing this weekend.   At Madeira

Beach, high tide will be around noon and low tide around 6:30.

With a new moon this weekend, it should be prime time for some good fishing.   According to Florida Sportsman:


With winds having easterly flow much of the week, the seas flattened close to shore. Clean water from flat seas has allowed bait schools to move in on the beaches. Schools of Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, and bluefish are following the bait schools. Spoons like a size #0 Clark Spoon work well when trolled around the perimeter of these birds working bait schools. It’s a good time to have a pair of binoculars onboard. Scanning the horizon or the beaches ahead can reveal diving birds or skyrocketing mackerel, both dead giveaways for some action ahead.

Well offshore, rougher seas begin about 8-to 10-miles offshore. Water depths ranging from 45-to 60-foot depths in this range may hold small kingfish, especially around any kind of structure, reefs, or wrecks. Look for some barracuda and shark action as well around these areas. Grouper are still being caught from 50- feet out, with some of the largest gags being hauled in from 100-to 125-feet west of Pinellas. Red grouper are being caught in 80- feet of water southwest of Pass-A-Grille.

Look for increasing numbers of bonito to show up here soon. Cold fronts pushing bait schools to the south will move some of these fish near shore and even inshore around the mouth of Tampa Bay at the Skyway. Work the edges of the Egmont Ship’s Channel for Spanish and possibly king mackerel, bluefish, and the possibility of stretching some line with bonito.


Excellent action with redfish over the past week has been the top report from guides from Englewood to Hernando Beach. Capt. Van Hubbard out of Englewood reported good fishing for reds in his area along with good numbers of trout. While many trout are running small down there, they are plentiful and put a bend in the rod. Of course, there are plenty of larger trout for a fish fry. Snook have been caught and released, and Capt. Van said in some areas he almost found them a nuisance. These pockets of fish are likely on the tail end or their spawn this weekend with the new moon, and they could produce some excellent catch and release action if you’re careful with

them. But with our numbers way down, I’m going to give them a rest.

Captains Andy Cotton and Rick Grassett out of CB Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key had a corner on some good action with fly anglers and lure fishermen. Both managed to find Spanish mackerel, a few bluefish, and some blue runners in the coastal areas of the Gulf this week. The good show of blue runners just makes me think that kingfish are not far behind.

Cobia have shown up inside the bays from Sarasota, to Tampa, and up to Clearwater Harbor. Watch the buoys for roving cobia. Live pinfish or a blue crab will get the nod on these fish but a Berkley Power Eel is also a favorite of these fish. The DOA Jumbo Shrimp is another fake that is rarely turned down by the brown bomber!

Read more: http://www.floridasportsman.com/2012/09/13/west-central-weekend-fishing-4cast/#ixzz26Rz6fpUV

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