What's hot: Shallow rock piles in 10-12 feet of water in the bay are yielding catches of sheepshead, black sea bass, flounder, snapper and catch-and-release gag grouper. Occasionally, these rocky mounds produce nice cobia.
Recent trip: John Anderson and his sons, Matt and Alan, went on a charter trip with their Iowan cousin, Nick Parish. All four tangled with hard-fighting cobia at a pile by the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Parish landed two of the five cobia that were caught, all on cut pieces of live shrimp. Because cobia must be at least 33 inches measured to the fork in the tail to keep, the foursome released all of their catches as they were in the 30-inch range.
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.