What's hot: Summer high tides have begun, and these tides often coincide with good fishing for redfish, snook and tarpon.
Redfish are feeding aggressively at the end of the incoming tide until the tide drops out. Target oyster bars along the points of the mangrove islands. Live pilchards lightly weighted allow you to place baits around the oyster bar and mangrove shoreline.
Snook are at their typical hot spots for this time of year. Afternoon outgoing tides offer the best chance. Pass shoals hold schools. Freeline live pilchards along sand dropoffs, cast up current and let your bait drift with the tide.
Tarpon are at all of the passes, especially the Sunshine Skyway bridge and the 90-foot hole at Egmont. Fast afternoon outgoing tides have crabs flushing from bays and into passes. Freeline your crab so it drifts naturally with the tide as you drift out of the pass.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.