What's hot: Snook fishing along Pinellas County's south beaches has been amazingly productive. Large schools are hanging in the swash channels formed by wave motion right off the beach. If the wind is out of the west, the water will become cloudy, which makes it difficult to find the schools. An easterly wind will push the dirty water offshore, making it easier to locate the large shadows along the beach. I drift with the tide and use my trolling motor to steer the boat. Once I see a dark shadow, I drop my shallow-water anchor and start fishing. Sometimes the shadow is one fish or a huge shadow indicating a school. The shadow could turn out to be grass; I do not take a chance and target every shadow I see. Threadfin herring, a larger bait, has been producing the largest fish.
Action: The opening of Tampa Bay has been loaded with fish. The Egmont Key area has been thriving. The yearly hatch has taken place; massive schools of small baitfish have congregated in the deep hole off Egmont Key. Bonito, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, blacktip sharks and tarpon feed on these schools. Seagulls and terns give away where the action is. When the predators start feeding, the water turns white and the birds go crazy. I have been taking advantage of the topwater plug in this action. It is a fun way to catch fish when they are so aggressive.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.