What's hot: With summer finally here, we are getting into that pattern in which afternoon thunderstorms along with water temperatures rising mean early morning fishing or night dock-light fishing. In the morning, fish are moving around on the flats because of cooler water temperatures. The same thing happens at night as a result of the rain and the sun going down. That makes for a great combination for fishing for redfish or snook.
Tactics: Now as the day gets warmer, the flats start heating up. So the fish start looking for a cooler place to hide depending on the tide. On a higher tide, I would fish the mangroves, deeper cuts or docks. On a lower tide, I would fish the deeper sand holes or move out to 2-3 feet of water. Now for the night dock-light fishing, as the hotter months are coming up, this can be some of the best times to go fishing. I look for certain lights. The underwater green ones are the best ones to hold bait, which bring in the game fish. The lower lights on the docks also work well. As you approach the lights, you want to cast to the outside of them, where most of the fish will be hanging out.
Tips: With Tampa Bay being one of the biggest estuaries and with so much shoreline and dock lights to fish, Apollo Beach, the Skyway and the Weedon Island provide some of the best shoreline and dock-light fishing in the bay. It doesn't matter if you throw fly, artificial or you are a live bait fisherman. You can always find a place to fish in the summer.
Capt. Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.