The heat has been overwhelming the past two weeks. Extreme highs in the gulf have pushed water temperatures into the low to mid 90s, extremely warm, even for us. Everything needs to be in peak working order. Bait pumps need to be strong so they can shoot plenty of oxygenated water into the live wells. With water temperatures so high, fish need as much oxygen as you can provide. Keep your pumps replaced frequently. We normally run 1100 bait pumps. This means 1,100 gallons of water travels through the pump per hour. During the spring, winter and fall, baits are spunky because of cooler temperatures. As soon as it rises above 80, that's when problems arise if pumps are insufficient. Bottom line: It's all about the live bait. If you don't have frisky live baits, you're not performing as an angler to your fullest ability. A hot topic lately has been the migration of kingfish. Many of the rocky areas where we bottom fish for grouper have been holding kings.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.