Stay on the move until fish are found. Many species are migrating and might not be where you left them on your last outing. Even our resident populations are transitioning from one spot to another. Give each stop adequate time but don't waste time if nothing is happening. To be effective, target specific species at specific locations. It seldom works to randomly anchor in hopes of something biting. Reading the terrain, the tidal conditions, and active sea life or bird activity is all a part of being successful. Choosing appropriate baits or artificial lures for your selected species is the next step. Popular targets now include snook, redfish, and trout inshore and Spanish mackerel or king mackerel nearshore. When saltwater fishing, even when specific species are targeted, an unexpected surprise is almost always in the mix. Common alternates now could include snapper, flounder, cobia and more.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727) 510-1009.