What's hot: This will be a good week, getting back to our normal weather pattern with a slight easterly wind. So we can get out early, catch some fish and get off the water before it gets too hot. Inshore, expect the big snook that have been holding on the beach to move deeper and start their spawn. There are still plenty of small black drum in the 5-pound range running in the surf. They are eating live and artificial shrimp. I have been hooking both baits on a 1/0 circle hook and casting it on the beach in front of them. The beach has held nice speckled trout and a few schools of redfish. I expect skittish redfish to get more comfortable in the skinny water this week.
Tips: Scaled sardines have been the bait of choice for redfish. The gag grouper bite offshore has been on fire in the 40- to 75-foot range. The easterly wind this week should make it easy and comfortable to head offshore for them. Using grunts for bait have produced the best bite and bigger fish. When the bite slows, cut up dead sardines and chum the water. This will usually get them eating again.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.