What's new: Slightly cooler temperatures should begin to improve the inshore fishing bite. Midday temperatures have been a little lower than last month. This should extend the time that fish will feed actively on shallow grassflats.
Redfish: As these fish begin to feed throughout the day, they will seek out quiet sections of the flats and congregate in larger schools. These gatherings can produce unbelievable light-tackle action. With a steady scattering of crippled whitebaits, the reds can be chummed into feeding frenzies. Anglers can catch 5- to 12-pound redfish three at a time. Fly-fishing is an excellent option. Unfortunately, nowadays redfish have a tendency to get overworked when the location of a school gets out. Once half a dozen boats show up, you can count of those fish disappearing within a few days. So spend time exploring new or out-of-the-way areas and keep your success very quiet. When worked quietly and with a bit of stealth, a school of flats redfish will remain in the same general area for many days or even weeks.
Snook: Catch-and-release action should remain decent this week with more fish appearing outside the passes or along nearby mangrove shorelines. Much of the summer spawning is over, and the fish will move out of the deeper parts of inlets and back into the shallows to feed.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 944-3474.