What's hot: What's the best time of day to take the kids fishing? Here are some tips. Look at the tide chart to see if we have any good tides. Tampa Bay can have one, two, three or four tides in a day. Because of the summer heat, plan to fish early in the morning, late in the afternoon or early evening — the coolest times of day. The fish on the flats will move to deeper water. Try areas like Weedon Island, Picnic Island and Simmons Park, all with snook, redfish and trout that will be on and off the flats. Also check out the artificial reefs in the bay for snapper, grouper and Spanish mackerel.
Tips: When fishing for Spanish mackerel, use 30- to 50-pound mono leader attached to a 3/0 2x-long shank hook for more bites, using a sardine for bait. For snook and redfish, use cut bait like ladyfish or threadfins in the potholes on the bottom.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.