What's hot: Flounder fishing has been exceptional lately. Landing multiple fish on each outing has been common when fishing around artificial reefs. Our primary focus has been Spanish mackerel that have also been frequenting the reefs. Live baits fished with a light wire leader on the surface have connected with numerous mackerel. Baits dropped to the bottom on circle-hook knocker rigs have scored large flounder.
More tips: Flounder also have been found while jig fishing grass flats for trout. Allow the jig to drop to the bottom of sandy holes and slowly drag it through the sand. When it feels like you have hung on the bottom, set the hook. Fresh cut-baits intended for redfish also have attracted flounder around oyster bars and patchy bottoms. Simply cast the offering out, allow it to rest on the bottom and wait for the fish to find it.
Surprise: Cobia have been making unexpected appearances lately. They always seem to be hungry and rarely get finicky about what they eat. A frisky live pinfish might be the first choice, but anything alive in the baitwell will work. Cobia also will respond to artificial plugs, jigs or spoons, so have a rod rigged and ready to cast.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727)510-1009.