Summer is here, and one thing's for sure: It's very hot. This has not slowed down the fishing in Tampa Bay as inshore and nearshore fishing has been great. Snook in the summer is some of my favorite fishing as the big breeders get ready for the summer spawn. That means it's one of the best times of year to get that trophy snook. Good places to look are around the beaches, passes and spoil Islands that surround Tampa Bay. Mangrove snapper have also picked up in the bay, around the wrecks and reefs. This is a great fish to target especially if you like to eat fish. Mangrove snapper are one of the best eating fish that swims in the gulf, and they invade the bay during the summer months. They also love the smaller bait that's around this time of year. Bring plenty of chum baits. The best time to target snapper is around the change of the tides. With the right amount of chum bait, you will find hundreds of snapper behind your boat in minutes. Downsizing your leader to 20-pound and hook size to No. 1 circle hooks will increase your hookups. The key to catching fish this time of year is to get out early and beat the heat.
Jason Prieto is a full-time fishing guide and can be reached at (813) 727-9890.