If you want to fish the first half of the week, plan on dodging rain. The good thing is the storms will be fast-moving. You can wait for them to pass or drive around them if you're in a boat. The rain is much-needed. Water temperature has been creeping back up. Schooling redfish continue to be all over the place. St. Petersburg, Weedon Island and the upper bay around the Courtney Campbell have numerous schools. They've been easy to find on lower tides. Their tails are up in the air while forging through the grass. Chumming heavily with scaled sardines has gotten their attention. Free-line a scaled sardine into the school and hold on. Each school is different. One might be over the slot limit but another has all slot redfish. The snook bite seems best first thing in the morning or closer to dusk. Last week they shut it down during the midday heat. If you know they're in your favorite spot and just won't eat, chum heavily. Spanish mackerel, bonita and a few king mackerel can be had just off the beaches. Not a fan of trolling? Then anchor up and saturate the water with scaled sardines. This brings fish to you. It also allows for smaller tackle.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.