Ive seen several freezes that slowed the fish down but never killed them. Sometime in the past I remember Perdido bay freezing out a ways and seeing fish looking like they were dead but when the water warmed ever so slightly they swam off. Theres more to this story.:boo
I will have to agree There Is something more going on here, I have lived here since 74 and remember the Perdido bay Freezing I went and got some of the fish That had died but just because they were caught in the ice and could not move to get Oxygen thought their gills I can not remember hearing of a fish kill because the water was to cold, Could be wrong But still sounds fishy to me Just one mans opinion!!
i live in murrells inlet s.c. about 700 miles from yall. our weather is a lot like your's, i check it often cause my daughter lives in ft. walton beach and a few times a year i come down and go fishing. yesterday the finger mullet started dieing un the inlet. the bottom is littered with 'em. i think the sudden temperature drop is the culprit. our mullet head south during most winters. this year has been kinda mildand they hung around a little to late... the pelicans ans seagulls hare happy though.
Ain't nothing killed them fish other than cold water. I launched at Russell Landing Saturday morning, water temp on the finder was 42 degrees. Yes, the mullet were floating, moving sluggishly, some dead. I did not see any other fish species floating except mullet, which were all around 10-12 inches. The few specks I caught were smallies, and one about 16".