What's hot: Everyone is talking about how hot the water and air temperature is. They're gabbing about how it has affected fishing and, more than that, how it has affected the anglers themselves.
Work-around: To put fish on the table, you simply have to adjust to the heat. There are two tactics you can use in these conditions.
First, get out on the water early. Be on the water by 6:30 a.m. and off by 11. Second, target a species that is warm-water tolerant, such as pompano. The nearly 90-degree water temperature doesn't affect these mighty pullers.
The payoff: So that's exactly what Bob Hart of Doc's Goofy Jig fame, Irene Frazier and I did early one morning.
We were rigged and hit the pass just after 7. Soon as Irene's pink-and-white G3 Goofy hit the bottom, she was hooked up. But it didn't meet the 11-inch minimum size limit. Then it was Bob's turn, and by the way his rod was bent, it looked like a good one.
We ended up catching 12 fish, and we were back at the dock before we even broke a sweat.
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.