What's hot: Grouper are still being caught in the bay on the edges of the shipping channel and various rock piles. The quantity of catches has not been impressive, but the fish being reported have been quality catches.
Tip: Fish in areas with good water movement and perhaps a bit deeper than normal to find lazy summertime fish. Baitfish other than threadfins have been difficult to obtain, but the smaller threadfins will work just fine for most game fish.
Safety: Anglers are vulnerable to heat exhaustion at this time of year. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Tip II: For those who do not have a T-top or another way to escape from the sun, try a made-for-the-outdoors crank-up patio umbrella to provide instant shade. Put the pole end in a rod holder while at a stop, and of course remember to take it down before running to the next spot.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit snookfish.com.