What's hot: If anglers aren't selective about when they go fishing, they usually end up hot while the fishing is not. Early morning, late afternoon and nighttime fishing have been steady. Redfish, trout and larger flounder have provided plenty of action. But midday fishing has been dismal for the most part.
Tackle and techniques: A medium-heavy spinning outfit will cover the steady-action times. Use a 1-yard length of fluorocarbon leader and a 1/8-ounce jighead. Trout and flounder will be caught on a variety of soft-plastic lures in deeper (3-8 feet) water over a mix of grass and sand bottom, and decent current. Redfish will be n depths of 2 feet or less on shallower grass flats.
Regardless of venue, the goal is to run the lures near the bottom to connect with the fish. Use very slow lure action in deeper water. Success comes by fishing the right locations between 6 and 10 a.m. and 6 and 10 p.m., when the fish are more aggressive. Anglers who do fish during the hotter hours will find that action diminished.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethree kayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.