What's hot: The fall fishing season is right around the corner. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found with ease. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonita, sharks and jack crevalles are the prominent species on the prowl. Large redfish schools will continue to invade the shallow water flats in search of crustaceans. Sea trout, one of the most popular and easiest to catch species, is starting to show up everywhere on the grass flats now that water temperatures are lower.
Bait: Learning to throw a cast net can be one of the best things to learn in our area. We have healthy and varied baitfish. Filling the live well with threadfins, scaled sardines, pinfish, grunts, mullet, ladyfish and shrimp will provide action for any targeted species. The main goal is to have the proper bait for anything that might happen.
Tactics: I have been taking advantage of the deep grass flats in 5 to 9 feet of water. Once set over the grass, I start live-bait chumming. This starts a feeding frenzy of any species in the area. Action is fast and furious, and every cast results in a strike. On a recent trip we caught more than 13 species of fish and stopped only because we were worn out.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.