There are things you can do to help you know when and where to fish and catch bait. To know when the fish are feeding I look to the birds and squirrels that hang near my house. There are times during the day when they won't come to the feeder. Then there are times when the birds and squirrels show up at the same time. I mark this time down and use it on the next fishing trip. The old farmers used to say when the cows are feeding, so are the bass. You can also go to the north and south Skyway piers by car and look for bait on the shadow lines. This helps you locate bait when you return by boat. Also look for pelicans diving on the flats, which locates areas holding bait. The higher a pelican dives, the larger the bait. The best tip to locating where to target is the fishing reports in the newspaper. These are from guides who are on the water most days. You can go online and google fish reports along the west coast. I use this information to help locate when and where to fish for kingfish. Look for reports coming from the south. This is where kings are coming from.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.