What's hot: Deep grass flats around Pinellas Point are providing some of the best action. Water temperatures are much cooler than in the shallows where it can be in the 90s. Redfish become lazy and won't eat with temperatures that high, so I head to deeper water for nonstop action including Spanish mackerel, jacks, trout, snapper, ladyfish, bluefish and sharks.
Tactic: I use the bottom machine to locate the area I want to anchor and fish. Sand will be a flat line, and grass will be jagged and a different color. Once anchored throw out live chummers, which will trigger any species in the area. Continuous chumming is required to keep the action steady. A long shank hook with 40-pound leader will prevent cutoffs from sharks and mackerel.
Bait: The hatch has taken place so there are many tiny baits on the bridges and flats. I like to use a quarter-inch mesh glass minnow cast net this time of year. Throw chum over any grass flat to attract plenty of whitebait to fill the well.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.