What's hot: During the hottest days, the best bite has been at daybreak and sunset. There is almost no pressure on game fish. Tides are a factor, though some will take advantage of an easy meal first thing in the morning even on slack water. Live bait will trigger a response from even the most weary fish that has not been pressured over the past 12 hours. The season's largest snook are more likely to eat at this time and will have plenty of energy upon release. Large pinfish and threadfins are good choices. On higher tides at daybreak, work the mangroves, where there is mullet, with a small pinfish under a cork to catch redfish. Every once in a while, give the cork a swift pop to alert reds in the area of the meal.
Release tip: After landing a fish that will be released, leave it in the net and water. It can oxygenate while another angler gets a camera or dehooking tool.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at email@example.com.