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Daily fishing report

By DAVE MISTRETTA
Published October 31, 2005


Normally this time of year I write about great catches of kingfish. A combination of factors, however, attributed to horrible fishing last week. The key was the huge drop in water temperature. The kingfish run had heated up just before Hurricane Wilma, but strong winds and cold temperatures sent most of the fish south. The water dropped 15 degrees in many areas.

Don't be too alarmed, the forecast is promising and water temperatures are rising. Expect another push of big mackerel any day, and they will arrive in waves. East winds would be ideal for cleaning the water and calming the seas.

Catching and releasing big grouper in federal waters does not appeal to me or my clients. If there are no kingfish around, the boat will sit at its slip. Cross your fingers and hope for some normal weather. Otherwise prepare for a long, long winter with no grouper dinners. State waters - inside 9 miles - are still without the normal migration of grouper. The Red Tide and weird weather are the culprits.

Normally I am more optimistic, but Red Tide has taken a huge toll. We will feel its effects for at least a year.

--Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call 727 595-3276, e-mail jawstoo@msn.com or see www.jawstoo.com