What's hot: Mangrove snapper have made it worth venturing offshore. We caught more than two dozen Tuesday as well as Thursday morning on the incoming water. Natural hard bottoms 13 miles southwest of St. Pete Beach provided nonstop action with a variety of species as long as the tide was moving. Most of our snapper preferred the 3-inch whitebaits.
Tip: Focusing on smaller baits and lighter tackle has been more productive with these snapper. It's worth the time to gather small whitebaits. Too big of a bait on 20-pound tackle is no match for grouper that likely will break it off.
Encouraging news: While fishing in 43-50 feet just south of the Egmont ship channel, there was no evidence of Red Tide or fish kill.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.