Seems as if the dog days of summer have started to wane. The days are getting shorter, and the water temperature is down to a comfortable level. Add those two with a dash of late-afternoon/early evening incoming tide and sprinkle in unstable atmosphere, and you have a stellar bite. Trout are all around local flats that hold bait. It seems they're all between 14 and 17 inches. Some days it seems there is an endless supply. I use a No. 1 circle hook with a weighted cork. The cork is not necessary unless it's windy. There have been mackerel and the occasional cobia in the mix. Redfish seem more receptive in the quiet of a weekday afternoon. The fish that have been up in the bushes for the most part are in the 22- to 26-inch range. It seems the schools roaming the flats are holding the breeders and they get pushed around quite a bit. But in the late afternoon when it begins to cool and get quiet, they let their guard down and will grind hard in the half-light of early evening. Snook are beginning to kick into gear and, like the redfish, feed well as the day gives way to the early evening. Any size sardine is gold as bait size goes. It seems October is always a good snook month so get the drags serviced since fall is almost here.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]