Mullet have moved off the flats for their annual spawning routine. These massive schools move offshore by the thousands, often looking like a black ball rolling through the water. Redfish and trout are affected by the huge migration. Mullet schools provide cover for these inshore species, and without cover, reds and trout will leave shallow water flats. Now that redfish and trout are hard to find in shallow water, I have been fishing offshore. The extremely nice weather has allowed me to venture out and explore a number of wrecks. Heading offshore with the live wells full of sardines can produce extreme action. Live bait chumming on top of a wreck creates a feeding frenzy. Amberjacks have provided great action, aggressively chasing chummers and often exploding out of the water. Heavy spinning gear loaded with 65-pound braid is needed to have a fighting chance in landing these hard-fighting bruisers. This time of year is usually tough to locate scaled sardines (whitebait). Above-average temperatures have kept these prized baitfish around and easy to find. I have kept up on the location and movement, filling the well every time. Many bay area bridges are holding threadfins and sardines. Pelicans diving next to the pilings indicate bait is there.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.