Move deeper: Summer heat can squelch the bite. Use depth to keep any action going. For inshore anglers, 10- to 20-foot depths may be considered deep while offshore fishermen are seeking depths of more than 100 feet. Extreme skinny water enthusiasts will be most productive on the highest tides.
Artificial intelligence: Adding submerged structure to deeper water often concentrates fish. Artificial reefs are good places to start, with several inside the bay as well as out to near shore and offshore waters of the gulf. Their coordinates are published publicly and not considered secret spots. There are particular hot spots within the artificial reef systems. Precise anchoring is often needed to hold the boat over these locations for the best productivity.
Catch list: A wide variety of fish can be caught during summer. For the most opportunities, cover the entire water column with baits presented at the surface, mid-water and on the bottom. Common inshore catches now could include redfish, snook, trout, pompano, tarpon, mackerel and sharks. Expect offshore catches to include snapper, grouper, grunts, amberjack, barracuda, bonito and more.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727)510-1009.