REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. — A massive fish feeding frenzy on the Redington Beach shore was caught on video by a resident who was fishing on Thursday morning.
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"I've never seen anything like it," said Richy Caya, 52. "They were chasing the bait right up onto the beach."
Caya said there were so many Jack Cravel fish chasing smaller baitfish that the water appeared to be boiling. Caya posted cell phone video of the frenzy on his YouTube page rcaya44.
On the video, you can see another fisherman in thigh high water near a private pier as the feeding frenzy hits him and the man believes the fish are biting him.
"I've got to get out of here," he said. "I’m getting bit."
Off camera, Caya can be heard trying to calm the fisherman's fears of being bitten.
"No, you're not. They're Jacks," he said. "You're OK, relax."
Caya has been living in Redington Shore for the past 18 years and has been fishing for 40 years. The resident said baitfish come closer to shore this time of year as the water begins to cool, but the feeding frenzy usually happens about 100 yards or more from the beach.
"In the mornings, they come in along this little trough and they feed on the grassy stuff and the plankton stuff in there," said Caya. "That's what the bigger fish are coming in to chase."
On the video, the feeding frenzy gets so intense that some of the Jack Cravel beach themselves while chasing the baitfish. There's so many baitfish that they roll ashore with the waves.
"There's literally thousands of bait that got washed up on the beach because the tide was going out," said Caya. "They got stuck up there."
Caya said the dead baitfish trail was about a half-mile long on Redington Shore on Friday morning. It looked a lot like Red Tide fish kills and Caya said many residents were worried to toxic algae was back.
"Everyone who was walking by thought it was red tide and they were asking, 'Do you know what happened?'" he said. "I'm like, 'yes' and I was showing them the video and they're like, 'They pushed all that bait up here?' I said 'yeah.' So, it's not red tide. Our waters are teaming with fish as you can see."
Caya said that shows the area is recovering from the red tide fish kills that plagued the area last year.