What's hot: The past several days have had ideal weather for fishing, other than it being a bit breezy. Redfish are still on the prowl. In the early part of the day they seem to be biting best around residential docks. In the afternoon they can be found strolling on the flats in relatively warmer water.
Technique: Live shrimp fished under a small split shot is the typical rig for dock fishing. The cast should be as close to the structure as possible, or better, underneath it. A rowdy redfish fighting mad around barnacle- and oyster-encrusted pilings is a challenge. Drag settings should be a bit tighter than normal. When the fish are hooked, try to steer them from snags by changing the direction of the rod tip by pointing it away from the hazards.
Fun: Catch-and-release trout are giving anglers good action in the deeper holes by grass flats and canals. With kids being out of school soon, it is a great time to give them consistent action. Trout should be released and handled with extreme care. They are delicate and finally are becoming more prevalent in Tampa Bay again.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or snookfish.com.