Beat the heat: Watching the sunrise will be part of the routine as our weather has shifted to summerlike conditions. Early starts will provide multiple opportunities along area beaches as light east winds allow for good sight-fishing action. Snook, trout and redfish will feed along the first swash channel. This is normally from the water's edge out to the first sandbar. Look for the best action from run outs cutting through the bar because this is where the current accelerates and washes baitfish into the feeding zone. Live sardines are great when available, but soft plastic artificial lures as well as flies that imitate small baitfish can be very effective.
Tactics: Resist entering the water because you might be getting to close to the quarry. I like to anchor, get off the boat and walk along the rise on the beach. This offers a little elevation and helps me spot fish. Most times they appear as slightly darker areas similar to grass spots. Watch for anything that is different and stay focused on it, seeking movement.
Tips: Surf conditions are critical. Plan your trips when the normal early morning east winds provide calm, clean water and great visibility. With this type of fishing, it is hard to catch what you can't see.
Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.