What's hot: The gradual shift to fall has resulted in incredible action for a variety of species. One client caught 10 species on lures and flies on a recent outing. Trout and redfish are easy targets in the shallows, but anglers can also target mackerel, king mackerel, pompano, flounder, jacks and ladyfish.
Tackle and techniques: King mackerel require bigger rods and reels, and a bit of wire to prevent cutoffs. For all other species, medium spinning tackle is adequate with 20-pound fluorocarbon leader for most options (30- or 40-pound for Spanish mackerel). The same lures will catch a majority of these species. Flashy, bright lures are best for Spanish mackerel, pompano, ladyfish and jacks. Soft-plastic tails work great.
Spanish and king mackerel are most likely to be found in the deeper areas and around the mouth of Tampa Bay. Pompano are thick at area bridges. Ladyfish and jacks are anywhere you find baitfish schools. Trout and redfish have been readily available in the shallows. Redfish are bunched up in schools and easy to find. The "push" of water of a big bunch of redfish is easy to see.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.