What's hot: Whatever species you would like to target, inshore or offshore, is as good as it gets this time of year. Large redfish schools have shown up in the flats around Pinellas Point. Time on the water is the only way to effectively track the day-to-day migration of reds. Start on a low tide spot. As water rises, follow the school to where it wants to stay. Kings are everywhere and eating every bait that hits the water offshore.
Time for a change: If kings are being caught offshore, the next best thing to target is cobia. Check every piling, buoy, day-board and channel marker. If cobia are around, they will be swimming on the surface next to the structure.
Bait: I usually get pinfish, scaled sardines, threadfins, grunts and ladyfish in the cast net. The key is having everything possible to present to the fish when the opportunity rises.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.