What's hot: After relentless wind last week, Tampa Bay conditions have returned to normal. And "normal" this time of year is stellar. Spanish mackerel have stormed the bay area. Groups of large fish, some in the 5-pound range, are hitting with ferocity.
Tactics: Live baitfish or shrimp on a hook with an elongated shank are helpful when chasing fish with sharp teeth. Find deep sea grass beds or range markers with good water movement for best results. Using a chum block can greatly enhance the action. Be aware that cobia occasionally are drawn in right next to the boat.
Tip: Plan outings for the incoming tide. For whatever reason, it seems to be the best time to fish now. Days with four tides usually produce consistent catches.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit snookfish.com.