It's apparently going to be chilly in the morning the next few days, which is okay. The tides and bite have been better in the afternoon. Bait is all over the bridges throughout the bay, just make sure it's not your only bait. Shrimp is another great alternative. Sometimes with cooler water, fish don't want to chase down a scaled sardine. The trout bite remains hot on Cockroach Bay all the way down to Big Bend. Fish the sand holes in about 4 feet of water. Free-lined shrimp or scaled sardines work. Use light leader to ensure a consistent bite. Monster sheepshead are eating like crazy during their spawn. You can catch nice ones off docks, but if you're looking for the 5- to 8-pound class, move to the reefs and rocks in the bay. Most reds are being caught close to mangroves or in creeks. They like shrimp on a No. 1 hook with a split shot tossed tight against the shoreline or near oyster beds.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.