What's hot: Once the thunderstorms pass, I expect the reduced pressure and approaching new moon to equal great fishing inshore and offshore. The waters have cooled a few degrees with cloud cover and fresh rainwater. That always stimulates fish. The flats will have a lot of action with the flooding tides. Catching redfish on the lower tides will be better due to the lower temperatures. With high midday temps, it won't take long for the waters to heat. Be sure to fish the edges of the flats, targeting deeper waters that will hold fish seeking a break from the sun. The biggest trout caught have been on the edges of grass flats around the major passes.
Tip: Even through the summer, Spanish mackerel are hitting baits that have drifted too far from the grass flats. The deeper, open waters have produced several mackerel and ladyfish, both offering a nice fight for an unsuspecting angler.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 or through his website, captbrian.com.