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Old 02-21-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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do king mackeral show up at about the same time cobia do on the okaloosa island pier(middle of march). Also when does bait start to show up around the okaloosa island pier? thx.
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Cobia show up mid March. Spanish show up a couple of weeks later, then kings show up around mid April. It has been a warm winter so maybe a little sooner this year.
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thanks for the update
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:39 PM   #4
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Cobia show up mid March. Spanish show up a couple of weeks later, then kings show up around mid April. It has been a warm winter so maybe a little sooner this year.
Just as he said. My predictions for first fish caught(taken with a grain of salt):

Cobia: march 12

King: march 26

Bait starts to show up when the water temp gets to about 68
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Oh and it may be earlier this year. Spanish are being caught right now. Interesting.
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thx again and do the king stay till november?
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I caught kings last year all the way through December. Can't wait till they come back, but I'm going after those cobes first thing this year.
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thx again and do the king stay till november?
It's all about the water temperature....fish don't have calendars.
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Interestingly, I was catching spanish and bluefish over the rock pile inshore reef a few days ago. I didn't know spanish came that far inshore.
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It's all about the water temperature....fish don't have calendars.
They don't have calendars, but some animals migration/breeding insticts are triggered factor such as length of day and moon phase. I don't know if length of day effects fish, but it's something to consider. If a fish prefers a certain range of water temps, its unlikely that you will find them outside of that range, but within their comfort zone the other factors kick in.

Take cobia for example. I don't know much about them, so hopefully some of the experienced people here will tell me where I'm right and wrong. I've read more than one post here where people have said that earlier warm water spreads out the cobia migration but when the water warms up later in the year the migration is shorter and more intense. My hypothesis is that maybe the fish need to be to a certain place along their migration path by a certain date. As the days get longer they are more "anxious" (for lack of abetter word) to move along in their migration cycle, but they stop when they get to water that is too cold. When the water stays cold late into the year, my thinking is that they start to get stacked up at the break between the warm and cold water.

Again, I welcome thoughts on this. This is my first year fishing here, so please don't flame me. I'm just thinking "out loud" here.
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