What's hot: Sheepshead have been spread out around residential docks and gathering in large numbers on rocky edges off the shipping channel. Live shrimp tail-hooked with a light knocker rig have worked well. A small, stout, live-bait hook is needed. Light wire hooks will not stand up to the sheepshead's large teeth and strong jaws.
Tips: Redfish, snook and trout have been standouts at docks. But there also has been flounder, snapper, gag grouper and black drum. Many have been undersized, but the action more than makes up for their lack of size.
Looking ahead: Cold fronts keep blowing through, but temperatures rise quickly afterward. Bait fish are expected to arrive early bringing along the Spanish mackerel and kingfish currently just offshore.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.