What's hot: Late-season tarpon action is good, whether in the pass or the upper bay. Several have been caught in the Egmont channel, even with recent rough weather. Chunk baiting is the trend with the water temperatures hitting 94 in some places. Just don't make the fish work too hard for your bait.
Tips: Redfish and snook are lethargic during the heat of the day, looking to cool off. Targeting the snook and reds is best left to early risers. For those with a 9-to-5 job, the last hour of light can be awesome. Tailing redfish on an open flat are easily picked off as the tide falls into the negative stages. With the influx of newly-spawned bait fish the snapper arrived as scheduled. Smallish baits on a No. 2 circle hook works well. Place a small splitshot above the knot to keep it in the strike zone.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or tim@swiftfish charters.com.