What's hot: Bait schools have finally entered Tampa Bay, and following them in are Spanish mackerel and small schoolie kingfish. Try some of your inshore grouper spots because the grouper have had plenty of time to grow and are in season. Toward the end of this week, we will have strong outgoing tides, which help clean the waters for good catches of macks and kings.
Techniques: Inshore/shallow grouper cannot pass up a frisky pinfish pitched to rock piles or channel edges in Tampa Bay. Mackerel prefer faster-moving, shiny artificial cast into bait schools. One of the newest techniques is to use a mackerel tree, which looks like a large sabiki rig. This rig has four hooks.
Tip: Look for bait schools, diving birds and clean, moving water inside Egmont Key.
Jackie Otto can be reached at Betts Fishing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 518-7637.