Summer is in full swing so stay away from mid-day heat. Whether it is tarpon, snook, redfish, spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, or shark, August will be exploding with action. Bait is all over the bay which entices many predators into a feeding frenzy. Be prepared to lose some bait in your live well this time of year. The water temperature is in the upper 80s and the oxygen level is getting low in some of your favorite fishing spots. The bay and beaches are holding a lot of Spanish mackerel and blue fish. Look for the bait balls and you will find the fish. Mackerel can also be caught by anchoring up around range markers and throwing out a chum bag. If you are looking for a little bit bigger species, the bull and blacktip sharks can be found in the same location. Cut up a mackerel and put it out on your bigger gear. Mangrove snapper are on most of the markers throughout Tampa Bay as well, along with any bottom that has structure. Use the lightest gear possible, and for bait small white bait or shrimp. Mangrove snapper make great table fare. There have been nice schools of redfish roaming around Weedon Island. They are holding in the deeper troths. Patience is the key. If live bait is not working, then cut bait.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.