With the summer still on full heat, look for cooler places and times to fish like early morning, late evenings. If you fish during the day look under the bay area bridges. With the water temperature in the middle 80s the morning top water bite has been great on the bay area flats as the sun is coming up with some nice gator trout, redfish and a few snook. As the sun gets higher I head to bay area bridges like the Skyway or the Gandy, anchor up in the shade, change up gear and start fishing the bridge pilings or the rock piles under the bridges. I fish for mango snappers, sheepshead, pompano, and many other types under the bridges. In the late evenings I fish the mangrove shore line with jerk baits and suspending baits. The fish move under the mangroves for shade to stay cool like we get under the bridges to stay cool. No matter when you fish there is a way to stay cool. The best part is you can use flats rods to do it all. Just change hooks or leader size depending on location.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at [email protected]