What's hot: Great weather coupled with tremendous fishing has been the norm the past few days. The spring bite is on. Cobia have returned, along with tripletail. Both prefer structure to swim around. On calm days, cobia cruise around range markers or any navigational buoy. If you hit enough markers on a hot day, you will almost definitely get a shot. Tripletail hang around the crab pot markers and trap ropes. The east shore of Tampa Bay and offshore waters typically hold these tasty fish. They can be sight-casted and will demolish a live shrimp.
Tip: Cobia are especially angry when tossed into a boat. When you land them, stay out of their way until they can be carefully approached. Big fish of any type deserve full respect. Also, this week is probably one of the last batches of good weather before oppressive heat and frequent afternoon thunderstorms return. This is the best time of the year to fish in our part of the world. Spanish mackerel are here in force.
Patience: Every spot in the new Gandy boat ramp parking lot was filled Sunday. Prepare your boat for launch as much as possible. Leaving a bit later in the morning can help at the boat ramp because most diehard anglers are already on the water and the boat launch area is not quite so hectic.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531 or visit fishontampabay.com/captains.aspx.