Captain’s Corner: Many fish now in their deep summer areas

Published June 8 2018
Updated June 10 2018

Many fish have moved into their deep summer areas. This has been the pattern the past week. Snook are in their spawning areas waiting for the tide and moon to align. Iíve been leaving them alone and opting for the more steady action trout have been providing. Deep edges of grass flats with broken bottom have been holding good numbers and sizes ranging from 13 inches to 23 inches. Spanish mackerel are all over marked reefs, wrecks, shoals, deep grass flats and ledges anywhere in the bay. Some real drag screamers are around, with some topping out at 28 into the fork of the tail. On a recent bull shark catch, a kingfish was trailing and was more than half as long as the estimated 6-foot bull shark. A dead mackerel or half of a ladyfish has been enticing several breeds of sharks, including bulls and hammer heads.

Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]