Mid-summer fishing tactics might require some considerations to be productive and safe. With water as warm as a tepid bath, the Gulf will feel like a sauna by midday. Wading in very shallow water might even become painful on bare skin; imagine how the fish must feel. Getting an early start helps keep you comfortable. Daytime temperatures are hovering in the 90s, and water temperatures not far behind. It seems the fish bite better, or perhaps you'll feel better, in the morning. By the afternoon the fish and anglers are ready for a siesta in the shade. Fishing offshore might also be a challenge if an afternoon storm hits. Current weather patterns have them moving from shore westward and things can go bad fast. Years ago during an afternoon charter, we left the dock under clear skies and ideal conditions. To do a little trolling, we headed to a nearshore reef. Suddenly, a storm approached from the east. We dodged the rapidly developing storm and violent lightning. We were trapped only 5 miles from John's Pass and ran a total of 45 miles around thick formations. It made for a stimulating afternoon to say the least.
Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit captainlarryblue.com.