Mullet have moved off the flats for their annual spawning routine. These massive schools move offshore by the thousands, often looking like a black ball rolling through the water. Redfish and trout are affected by this migration. Mullet schools provide cover for these inshore species, and without cover they will leave shallow water flats. Now that redfish and trout are hard to find in shallow water, I have been fishing offshore. The extremely nice weather has allowed me to explore a number of wrecks. Heading offshore with the livewells full of sardines can produce some extreme action. Live bait chumming on top of a wreck creates a feeding frenzy. Amberjack have provided some of the best action I have ever seen. They have been very aggressive in chasing chummers, often exploding out of the water. Heavy spinning gear loaded with 65-pound braid is needed to have a fighting chance. This time of year, it's usually tough to locate scaled sardines. Above average temperatures have kept these prized baitfish around and easy to find. I have been able to keep up on the location and movement, filling the well every time I take a charter. Many of the bay area bridges are holding threadfins and sardines.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.