BRADENTON -- A cold front is expected to move through the area this weekend, but with water temperatures in the mid-60s, which is probably 8 to 10 degrees above normal for February, anglers are still able to target the many popular pelagic species such as king mackerel, cobia and Spanish mackerel, which have moved to sunny south Florida. You should find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Capt. Rick Grasset says you may also find blues and Spanish mackerel in passes when the tide is moving. Look for reds around docks, in potholes and on the edges of bars when the tide is low or on shallow flats on sunny afternoons when the tide is high.
Weak high pressure will build in through the rest of the week. Another cold front will move south through the waters on Saturday with another period of elevated winds and seas expected by the end of the week.
Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to around 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Thursday night will bring northwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Northwest winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Friday night will bring northwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Northwest winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers. Saturday night will bring northwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
North winds 5 to 10 knots then becoming northwest around 20 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters choppy. A slight chance of showers. Sunday night will bring northwest winds around 20 knots then becoming north 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters choppy.
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