What's hot: Past trips have had large schools of redfish moving on to the flats during the incoming tide. They have been feeding on cut pinfish and ladyfish. During the highest part of the tide, they struck live whitebait and scaled sardines free-lined on the edge of the school. Live chumming helps keep the school away from the boat. We now will see low tides during the day. This pushes the reds off the flats and makes them hard to locate. Try to get on the flats before the tide gets too low. Follow the school as it moves off the flats and fish the dropoff they went to.
Kingfish: Strong winds out of the north will dirty nearshore waters and push the kings farther offshore. Most baits were in hard bottom in 23 feet of water. Most of the bait schools were threadfins. Use the threadfins and slow troll on the outside of the bait school. Driving through the bait makes them dive deeper. They are then harder to locate. If the bait schools are not visible on the surface, move to an artificial reef. Most reefs hold bait that you can mark on your depth recorder.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.