What's hot: With the temperature on the flats in the 90s, not many fish want to cooperate. But Spanish mackerel are still buzzing drag systems almost anywhere with good water movement. This has been a banner year for the toothy speedsters. Gag grouper are in season, and a few are being caught well up into the bay. Port Manatee and the Skyway channels are a good place to do battle with them. Deep-diving baits can be trolled along the edges or live bait dropped onto deep structures. Grouper are notorious for breaking anglers' lines.
Tips: When fishing on busy holiday weekends, bring an extra dose of patience to the boat ramp. Everyone is stoked to go fishing and usually in a hurry. Try to prepare for launch in the parking lot instead of in a stall. Several people can launch in the time it takes to get your act together. This simple step can streamline the whole process. And as always, be wary of lightning.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email email@example.com or visit snookfish.com.