What's hot: August is one of the toughest times for fishing in Tampa Bay. With water and air temperatures in the 90s, it is tough on fishermen as well making the fish lazy. An early start will provide better fishing, offer some heat relief and help to avoid dangerous afternoon thunderstorms. Deep water trout and shipping channel grouper are active in Tampa Bay. It is a myth that one must head for the horizon to catch gag grouper. The trout fishery has come around since the horrible red tide of a few years ago. They are relatively easy to catch and therefore a hit with the kids (big kids included).
Tip: Be cautious of infections during summer, when there are many microbiological nasty critters in our waters. If an infection occurs after a fishing trip, take it seriously. Recently my feet were infected to the point of hospitalization. This stuff spreads in hours, literally.
Boat tips: Now is a good time to get motors, trailers and reels repaired or serviced.
Captain Dave Walker charters out of Tampa Bay and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or snookfish.com.