What's hot: Redfish are still a hot target, and oversized schools are hanging around Fort De Soto. They have been there for a few months but are finally responding to chummers and live bait floating under a cork. Trout have moved out to deeper sand holes and are holding in about 4 feet. I belly hook scaled sardines under a popping cork. Pop the cork about every 30 seconds. Snook are starting their migration from the mangroves to the beaches. The best catches have been out on the flats or docks in Pinellas.
What's not: Tarpon have not turned on yet. Smaller ones are being caught at the Skyway and in upper Tampa Bay. Expect to see the pods move in on the next full moon.
Tips: Scaled sardines can be found on shallow-water flats in Pinellas and Tampa Bay. Avoid overfilling the baitwell. It seems like we are already losing oxygen in the skinny water. If your bait comes to the top of the baitwell, get your boat on plane to revive it.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.