With winds blowing a steady 30 knots, and temps dropping into the 30’s, fishing has been pretty brutal lately. The last few weeks in St. Pete Beach have been spotty, with the occasional Mack here, the occasional flounder there, but no steady action. This weekend, I arrived at the Merry Pier to discover that all of the bait that had been schooling around the dock since the Spring had vanished, and with it, the bite. OK, yeah, there were a couple sheepshead around, but that was it. No grouper. No flounder. No redfish. No macks. Nada. Perhaps the cold fronts will push some grouper into the shallower waters of Boca Ciega Bay soon…. we’ll see.