What's hot: We should start seeing more redfish action. This past month, we found lots of singles and a few bigger schools, but getting them to take live bait with any consistency was difficult. We seemed to have better luck using cutbait on the bottom. Tampa Bay typically produces good catches of redfish. You just need to find the ones ready to eat. Redfish will push into the mangrove-lined shores and oyster bars on incoming tides. Artificial lures fished on the grass flats and around the mangroves early in the morning usually offer excitement.
Tips: Snook fishing will continue to be strong with larger fish still in the passes and on the beaches. Expect those in the passes to congregate near the deeper holes and back eddies. They often appear not to eat. But be patient. All snook will eat dead bait. Simply cut the tail off a threadfin and send it to the bottom.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.