What's hot: Despite the hot temperatures, anglers have a couple of options for doing battle with some really big fish. Tarpon and sharks don't seem to mind the heat and can often be found in the same areas this time of year.
Where to look: Many areas will attract sharks and tarpon; deeper water around bridges are good places to check, as well as the many deep harbors. The Intracoastal Waterway will also attract late-season tarpon.
Tactics: Glass-calm mornings will allow you to spot rolling tarpon. Where you see them rolling is where you want to set up. Dead mullet or shad on the bottom will allow you to hook into sharks and tarpon. If you're feeling a bit sportier, try casting slow-sinking plugs or swim baits.
What else: Despite slower conditions for working the shallows for redfish in North Pinellas, there are still good options. Targeting deep grass patches near the passes will bring mixed-bag action for trout, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and small sharks. Live chumming with small pilchards will get the fish into a frenzy. Use a quarter-inch mesh cast net and size your hook to a No. 1 or 2 long shank.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.