What's hot: Tarpon, redfish and speckled trout. For tarpon, grab a well full of greenbacks (threadfin herring) and head to the Skyway for silver kings. Target the incoming tide and anchor uptide of the northside concrete bumpers. Cast your free-lined greenie uptide, and let it drift past the bumpers and into the bumper's eddy. Let it hang out in the eddy for a short time then repeat the process. The more attentive you are to this technique, the more bites you'll get. Have an anchor ball attached to the anchor line so when a fish is hooked, the anchor ball and line get heaved overboard.
For reds, when the tide bottoms out, find some deep-water docks along Pinellas Point. Target the docks with mangroves, oyster beds or a nearby structure. Reds aren't picky, so pick up some live shrimp. Use just enough weight to keep your offering on the bottom.
On the incoming tide, trout can be caught on the shallow grass flats that dot the lower bay area. Drifting is the most productive. Use a weighted float for casting purposes as well as a tool to keep your offering from getting in the grass. Live shrimp will do the job. But bring enough. Pinfish will keep you busy rebaiting.
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.