The countdown is on. We are just days from the kids being out of school on summer break and they're going to want to fish. When it comes to family fishing, action is a key ingredient. The youngest anglers will need to keep busy reeling in fish to hold their attention. Natural limestone outcroppings inside the bay and in nearshore Gulf waters are hosting a wide variety of species to keep kids occupied. White grunts, snapper, sea bass, undersized grouper and more have been cooperative, providing bites on every bait dropped to the bottom. Slightly older kids will need a more challenging venue. Spanish mackerel fishing at any artificial reef will still provide action and add the challenge of fighting fast-swimming fish that pull hard against the drag, peeling yards of line off the reel. Well-seasoned junior anglers are typically more patient and ready to chase snook or hunt for redfish. Tarpon are also available, providing a pinnacle achievement for any young angler at the top of their game. Use any time spent on the water with children as teachable moments. Learning about different species, rules and regulations, fish handling strategies, water safety, and more are part of growing up and becoming a lifelong angler.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.