What's hot: The full spring run of all species in our area is in full swing. Large redfish schools have shown up in the flats around Pinellas Point. I can target three schools at different stages of the tide level. Time on the water is the only way to effectively track the day-to-day migration of schools of reds. I start at a low tide spot, then as the water level rises, I move and follow the school until the fish are comfortable.
Time for a change: I look forward to this time of year for one reason: I can mix it up and target a number of species. If kings are being caught offshore, the next best thing to target is the brown bomber. Cobia is one of the most traveled species on earth. They are in every warm ocean, and will swim around a floating object. I will travel countless miles in the bay, looking at every piling, buoy, day board, and channel marker. If cobia are around, they will be swimming on the surface right next to the structure.
Bait: Every species will eat just about anything offered. I stop at a bridge first thing in the morning and fill the well with as many types of bait as possible. I usually get pinfish, scaled sardines, threadfins, grunts, and ladyfish. The key is having everything possible to present to the fish when the opportunity rises.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.