What's hot: This time of year, water temperature is the biggest factor when it comes to fish wanting to eat. Nighttime, sunup and sundown are the coolest parts of the fishing cycle. Most game fish in our area feed best when the water is at its coolest point. During the warmest part of the day, most fish in shallow water will be slow to feed. Fish the coolest parts of the day or move to deeper water in the middle of the day in order to have a productive trip.
Snook: These fish hang around the passes. The best baits have been threadfins and pinfish. If and when you can find croakers, use them. They're the best for fishing the beach. Beach fishing is sightfishing, so wear polarized sunglasses to see the snook moving through the swash channels. When you locate a school, anchor up current and let the bait drift to the school. Keep casting at the snook. More times than not, your bait will swim away from the snook.
Redfish: They have been hanging close to oyster bars and mullet schools. A small pinfish under a cork is sure to draw a strike. Most of the redfish will be on the windy side of the mangroves. As the morning progresses, the schools move to the mangroves.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.