Take your pick: Tarpon can be targeted off of any bridge. The Gandy, Howard Frankland and Sunshine Skyway would be my top choices. While waiting for a tarpon to strike, I will drop smaller baits for Spanish mackerel. Snook are on the beaches in the swash channel. I like to cast my bait just short of the sand, then pull it back into the swash. Redfish have been hanging around oyster bars on the extreme high tides in the afternoon. A small pinfish under a small float is my bait of choice. You can pitch right next to the mangroves and monitor the bait. Trout provide action in deeper grass flats. Blue skies make it easy to find deeper grass; just look for the dark areas in 3 to 5 feet of water and work the edges with a quarter-ounce grub tail jig. Cobia have been roaming the flats on top of monster stingrays and spotted eagle rays looking for easy meals. When you see a huge ray, toss a pinfish around the ray; cobia can come out of nowhere and strike. Blacktip sharks have been roaming the sandbars outside of the gulf passes. Anchor on the edge of the channel and hang a chum block over the side. Use a large free-lined pinfish rigged with heavy wire.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.