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 don't eat with temperatures that high so I head to deeper water. Spanish mackerel, jacks, trout, snapper, ladyfish, bluefish and sharks are what you can expect.
Tactic: I use the bottom machine to locate where I want to anchor. Sand will be a flat line; grass will be jagged and a different color. Once I am anchored I start throwing out live chummers. This triggers any species in the area to start feeding. Continuous chumming is required to keep the action steady. I will use a long shank hook with 40-pound leader to prevent cutoffs from sharks and mackerel.
Bait: The hatch has taken place so there are a lot of really small baits on the bridges and flats. I like to use a quarter-inch mesh glass minnow cast net this time of year. Throwing chum over any grass flat will 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.