This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited, as long as you have the bait. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning, then fish for Spanish mackerel, blue fish, snapper, shark and cobia in the afternoon. Hopefully tarpon don't move offshore to spawn after this full moon. The bite has slowed since the storm. There are still thousands of fish around, but they're just not eating that well. Crabs have been the bait of choice the first half of the day this week. Your best bet is doing a drift on the outgoing afternoon tide. Crabs or live threadfins will work for your drift. If stalking these silver kings on the beach, set up in front of the rolling fish and let them come to you. The same bait works for beach fishing. Snook have made their way toward coastal passes and adjacent beaches for their annual spawn. A large number of big snook can be caught off the beaches. They eat most anything you throw: scaled sardines, threadfins, shrimp and most artificial plastics. These fish are holding close to the shoreline, so fish parallel to the beach. For constant action, try the middle of the bay. Start around the shipping channel and markers. Spanish mackerel and sharks can be caught on almost every cast once you get them chummed up.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.