What's hot: Redfish remain the most reliable fish to target with water temperatures pushing 90 degrees. Fishing cut pinfish and live, scaled sardines during a moving tide has produced the best bite. Remember, the water is very warm of late, so take care when handling and reviving fish. For more consistent action, head to deeper grass flats and rocky bottoms. This is a great way to introduce kids to fishing. The action is steady, and they get to see many species.
Tactics: Anchor up on spotty grass and a sand bottom in 6-8 feet and set a chum line. Hanging a chum block over the side and periodically tossing live and dead baits draw in trout, ladyfish, redfish, mackerel, cobia, sharks and grouper. The most productive areas have plenty of good water flow over those deeper flats.
Tips: Deeper waters between the barrier islands and the mainland are littered with small wrecks and areas of hard bottom that hold a variety of fish. They can be located while idling along and watching the bottom machine. You also can drift fish in deeper water. If a fish is hooked, toss a marker buoy in and concentrate on that spot. If more fish are caught in that area, you are likely over some kind of structure.
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 385-0382.