What's hot: The fall fishing is in full swing. The beaches are covered in baitfish. Migratory species are preying on these schools. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonita, sharks and offshore redfish are the prominent species. Inshore, redfish schools continue to invade the shallow flats in search of crustaceans. Sea trout are starting to show up on the grass flats with the cooling water.
Bait: Learning how to throw a cast net can be one of the best things anyone could learn in our area. Filling the live well with threadfins, scaled sardines, pinfish, grunts, mullet, ladyfish and shrimp will provide action for any species.
Tactics: Slow-trolling threadfin herring off the beaches will entice all the pelagic species. I start by locating baitfish schools less than a mile from the beach and deploy baits on a light drag setting using light wire to prevent breakoffs.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606