He has grown up fishing the waters of IRB for one half of a century. History in the makings!!!
Good things are starting to happen. The algae bloom has seemed to be stabilized, in many of our areas. From what I have recently witnessed, 3 to 18 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach remains effected. Along the beaches form Indian Rocks north, the coastline looks quite good , considering what has happened. Schools of juvenile bait fish hug the beaches, periodically getting ambushed by spanish mackerel, snook and even some tarpon. Once you travel past the tainted areas (about 20 miles out), the water becomes blue, full of life. This is a positive note for many anglers. I have witnessed this occurrence enough times in the past 50 years to know, nature rebounds immediately after such effects. Some areas will take more time to recover than others. The areas of live bottom that gets harmed by the effects of Red Tide, can often become a slower process for recovery. Areas hit for a few weeks seem to recover quickly. Nothing is written in stone when it comes to my educated predictions, but from my experiences, we have found this to be true. Nature must take its course. We as observers must try to help.
Garbage and other floating debris is just one of the few things beach goers and boaters can address. Our crew makes it point to pick up any plastic debris we find floating offshore. It simply doesn't seem right to drive by a deflated helium balloon or a plastic bag, without removing it. You may even receive an unexpected reward, like a cobia, triple tail or mahi. They are quite curious fish that like to hang around floating objects. We had a surprising 40 lb. cobia come up two days ago. We have also experienced some great bottom fishing in the areas that are not tainted by the tide. We landed some extremely large red grouper fishing the outer banks of these effected areas. Bottom line : Things are looking up at the moment.
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