What's hot: "Action trips," catching a variety of species in shallow water, are the norm these days. Go after redfish, trout, flounder, jacks, ladyfish, snapper, pompano and even an occasional snook.
Tackle and techniques: Medium-spinning gear is all you need. Use a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader for everything except mackerel (30 pounds). An assortment of lures are useful, but nothing beats a plastic tail on a light jighead. Schools of baitfish provide easy targeting for most species. To catch redfish, target areas of 18 inches or shallower. Trout have been in the trough areas off the beaches or just generally deeper than during cooler months. Flounder are on nearly every sand patch. Sink lures in the deeper ones that are surrounded by sea grass.
What else: Pompano are arriving at bigger bridges and eating yellow and pink jigs. Jacks and ladyfish can be targeted where baitfish are bunched up or under attack. Mangrove snapper are around the area and effectively targeted around docks, bridges, oysters and rock piles using natural baits.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.