East winds have blown away the red tide that was here last week from the strong west winds from Hurricane Matthew. The beaches are covered in baitfish. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found up and down our coast. Learning how to throw a cast net is one of the best things anyone can learn in our area. Filling the live well with threadfins, scaled sardines and pinfish will spur action for any targeted species. I fill the well with as many baits as possible so I can start chumming once I get to my trolling grounds. The main goal is to have the proper bait for anything that arises. Slow-trolling threadfin herring over hard bottom this time of the year off the beaches entices catches of all the pelagic species. I deploy baits on a light drag setting using light wire to prevent break-offs from toothy fish. While trolling, I throw chummers behind the boat.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.