What's hot: Mackerel are schooling around the spawn near Egmont Key. Birds flocking over a spot will give the schools away. Cast small spoons where the fish are striking the surface. Use a ¼-ounce gold or silver spoon with a short piece of wire in front of the spoon to prevent cutoffs.
What else: The best action for redfish will be around the oyster bars that also have mullet. Quietly work the mullet schools with a gold spoon or a pinfish under a cork. For snook, look for their dark outline as they move through swash channels. They have been feeding on threadfins and large pinfish. Use a 30-pound leader.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.