Anyone who has been outdoors lately, even if only for a moment, knows what a scorcher this summer has been. Anglers must adapt to the conditions if they want consistent catches.
Tip: When preparing for any lengthy outdoor activity, always pack extra water or hydrating drinks to ward off dehydration. Not only will the drinks help keep you cool, but they could save your life if things go horribly wrong. Wear a big hat and sunscreen.
What's hot: Redfish are returning to the flats. The large groups of fall aren't here yet, but smaller schools can be found milling around with the mullet. Live pinfish or even cut bait has worked to tempt late-summer reds.
Days with good tidal movement have been best. The large high tides and recent rains have lowered the water temperature on the flats just enough to activate the fish.
Shallow-water action should continue to improve as we head toward fall.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.snookfish.com.