This time of year fishing action in the middle of the day can be sluggish. Temperatures on the surface and on the flats often rise above 90 degrees, which puts just about all fish species into a lethargic state or sends them to the bottom seeking relief.
Beat the heat: Being on the water before daylight will give you a great shot at fish that are willing to strike. Redfish, snook, small tarpon and Spanish mackerel are active from sun-up until about 10 a.m. One of my favorite things to do in the late summer is fish at night. Popular targets are snook, sharks and mangrove snapper.
Shark hunting: There are sharks of all sizes near shore and out on the reefs. For light tackle enthusiasts, anchoring just outside one of the passes and hanging a chum block out the back will bring in sharks from 2 to 5 feet. Casting live baits such as pinfish and grunts usually provides fast action. On the reefs there are much bigger sharks for those looking for a real battle. Placing big fresh-dead baits such as barracuda or bonito on the bottom may give you even more than you bargained for.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 944-3474.