What's hot: Consistent weather is allowing the water to warm. Trout up to 30 inches continue to be caught around Pinellas Point on big-scaled sardines fished under a cork. Find the big mullet schools and you'll find the trout. But take care when handling big trout, because they are full of roe. Redfish are showing up on most of our islands from Fort De Soto to Weedon Island. But they are still pretty easily spooked, and the bite has been tough in the morning. If fishing them in the morning, try using a shrimp or cut bait. The best bite has been late in the afternoon when they will respond to chummers.
Tips: With the water warming, look for snook to move out on the open flats. A scaled sardine free-lined has worked the best. If you are looking for a trophy snook, try putting a piece of cut bait on the bottom and set the pole in the rod holder. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel have shown up just offshore in about 30 feet. They are responding well to anchoring up and chumming. Other captains are reporting billfish are being caught regularly in about 40 feet.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.