Fluctuating weather: Consistent fishing is difficult when weather patterns are frequently changing. Being flexible and staying on the move is often necessary to find fish that may be continually changing locations to find the most comfortable temperatures. So begin each trip with several spots to investigate.
Prudent planning: Planning an outing this time of year can be about safety as much as the fishing. Consider all aspects of a forecast before venturing out. The weather page on the back of the St. Petersburg Times Sports section is a good place to start. Support this information with online resources that provide detail of specific areas in which you will be fishing. Days preceding cold fronts will have warmer southerly winds that will put most fish in a feeding mood. After a front, it's best to wait a couple of days until the winds shift to the northeast.
Hot targets: Nothing beats sheeepshead fishing now for consistent action. Trout seem to love southern breezes and will venture out of their holes onto the grass in search of a meal. Redfish make sporty targets on the extreme low tides as they congregate in isolated potholes. Silver trout off the beaches are often overlooked but should begin to show in good numbers if the water clarity improves.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] or (727)510-1009.