What's hot: With the water temperature into the upper 70s, the snook, redfish, trout and some tarpon are moving to their summer homes around Apollo Beach, Simmons Park and Bishop Harbor, and on the other side of the bay in areas like Weedon Island and the American Legion flat north of the Gandy Bridge. Start off fishing the docks in the Culbreath Isles area, and north of the Courtney Campbell, head for the creek mouths and canals. And don't count out night fishing around dock lights. If you fish new areas, use mapping software on the computer and look for deeper spots on the flats or deeper water nearby. Also, use your trolling motor to look for potholes, dropoffs and other points where the fish will start staging up.
Tip: Once you pick a spot, throw out a handful of bait or two to see if any fish hit it. This is the time of the year when snook and tarpon start their migration to the beaches and passes.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at [email protected]