What's hot: The "tropical" season is with us now and becomes an important component when planning fishing trips. Afternoon thunderstorms demand an early start to beat the daily deluge and oppressive heat. Fishing has been good for multiple species including Spanish mackerel, large trout and the occasional cobia. Pompano are starting to show up around area bridges and are thumping fiddler crabs to bits. The "macks" have been extremely cooperative and are larger on average than in the past few years. These fish are relatively easy to catch, making them ideal to target with the kids.
Tips: A chum block can really enhance fish activity. The smelly, frozen concoction attracts mackerel, and other species such as sharks and cobia occasionally come by for a whiff.
Safety: Take lightning very seriously. Don't wait until the rod tips start buzzing. Leave before conditions become threatening.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531 or visit snookfish.com.