What's hot: Game fish also feel the warm weather and feed accordingly. The early morning bite is always better because of the cooler weather. Bait can be found inside the passes at daybreak, with an abundance of trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel crashing through the schools. Larger snook patrol the shallow swash channels as the sun rises and take advantage of low-light conditions to ambush greenbacks. Throw a white bucktail jig along the ridges off the beach in the first couple of hours after sunrise. As the sun goes up, the snook drop into deeper water.
Tips: During low tide, redfish start to tail as the tide flushes into the shallows. Free-line a shrimp with a split shot just above the hook. Redfish rooting in the grass will find the crustacean.
Fishing midday: Anglers out at noon should find shade under bridges. Larger passes with a bridge or an overpass normally hold many species while the tide is moving. Large doormat flounders can be caught on the bottom with shrimp and sardines. Fish tight to the fenders or rocks for mangrove snapper, sheepshead and speckled trout.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.