What's hot: Other than the weather, it's snapper. This is one of the best snapper summers in recent history. Almost any piece of structure, rocks or piling configurations, have good numbers of the sneaky treats. Mangrove snapper like good water flow.
Tip: Snapper have keen eyesight and a brain they actually use. So small hooks and extra bait is required. Targeting them can be frustrating because of their ability to steal baits. The lightest tackle for the conditions at hand is the most productive. Medium live shrimp or small greenbacks are candy to snapper. They also like fiddler crabs.
Summer options: On the slick calm days at this time of year, cobia can be spotted free swimming or, quite often, circling range and channel markers. They are easy to spot and usually will blast a live offering presented a few feet in front of them.
Caution: Cobia go ballistic after capture. As with most angry big animals, it is a good idea to stay out of the way for a while. Cobia are famous for a second, third and, sometimes, fourth wind.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531 or visit fishontampabay.com/captains.aspx.