Daily fishing report St. Petersburg – Inclement weather caused the postponement of the Southern Kingfish Association national championship and the Golden Triangle’s kingfish tournament, and today’s projected cold front will influence fishing the beginning of this week.
With water temperatures an ideal 72 degrees, if this front passes quickly and winds return to the east, hope remains high to get offshore by midweek. Gathering suitable live bait for kingfishing has been difficult and with each cold front is not likely to get easier. Ladyfish have been the most dependable and can be caught either by cast-netting at dock lights or on the light line at bridges. A 1-inch mesh or smaller should be used to avoid gilling them.
The hook and line method is less stressful on the bait, however, and won’t knock off the scales. Tandem rigged jigs work well. Ladyfish will chew a variety of tails, pink curly ones among the most popular. Weighted jigs are most productive.
Ladyfish tend to gather in passes in pursuit of glass minnows that get flushed in and out with the tide. Blind Pass, Pass-a-Grille and Bunces Pass are often among the most productive.
Cooler water temperatures have grouper on the move and last week there were several reports of above-average action in 65-80 feet. While dead or cut bait may get the job done, those using live bait have enjoyed success with the larger fish.
–Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.