Good times for kids: There is plenty of action, offshore to inshore, to keep kids entertained. Spanish mackerel, kingfish and bonito are showing up in large schools on the reefs from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. The best baits have been small greenbacks for the Spanish mackerel and large greenbacks for the kingfish and bonito.
Search passes: There also has been plenty of action around the passes and along the beaches from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. Look for birds diving on the baitfish, and you will find a large variety of fish, including small sharks, mackerel, bluefish, trout and jacks.
There has been a lot of action between Three Rooker Bar and Anclote Key. You can catch these fish using live baits such as pinfish, shrimp and greenbacks. If you are using artificials, try small jigs, topwater plugs, crankbaits and gold and silver spoons. You may need to use a heavy monofilament leader (40- to 50-pound test) for the Spanish mackerel, sharks and bluefish. If the water is dirty, you can even use a small piece of wire leader.
Trout schools: The trout are starting to school up on the shallow grass flats around Anclote Key, Three Rooker Bar and the north sand bar. The best baits have been topwater plugs and jigs weighing an eighth of an ounce.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.