What's hot: This is the start of the end of tarpon season. Schools of tarpon that run along the beach will thin. Most will head to the middle grounds to spawn. The rest will move into the rivers until they follow the threadfin spawn out of the upper bay and onto the beach. The best action should be this afternoon and Monday afternoon during the outgoing tide. Look for tarpon around the Sunshine Skyway bridge and Egmont Key, mostly on the north and south points. Tarpon will feed best on pass crabs and blue crabs that you can deep net along the weed lines.
Snook: The snook are not showing in the numbers of years past. This is probably due to the unusually cold winter. Areas that should be holding 200 to 300 snook have a few schools of 10 to 20. Some of the dock lights that are always filled with snook are empty. There is a good chance the season will not open in September.
Redfish: The schools in lower Tampa Bay are large. Some hold 300 or more fish. The best action is early in the morning, when the water temperature is at its lowest. After 9 a.m., the reds might stop feeding. Most of the hookups have been on cut bait. You will find it hard to keep baits alive in shallow water.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.