What's hot: A combination of normal summer weather and good new moon tides have helped get fishing back on track. Torrential rain and high winds had kept most off the water.
Follow the bait: Micro bait schools, easily marked by dipping turns, are thick over grass shoals near the passes. They attract a host of predators. Spanish mackerel, trout and the occasional cobia can be chummed up on a good moving tide. Free-line live pilchards on a long shank hook over dark patches inside the passes for fast action. Flashy spoons or plugs also will catch plenty of fish, especially if you get them into a frenzy with live chum.
Loading the livewell: Chumming up enough live bait for the day has been fairly easy over the past few days. Using a combination of Jack Mackerel and tropical fish food mixed to a cookie dough consistency works great for attracting pilchards. Target grass flat edges with a good current flow for bait-holding spots.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in Clearwater/St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.