What's hot: The beaches are covered in baitfish. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found up and down the Suncoast. Migratory species are preying on these bait schools. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonita, sharks and large breeder redfish are the prominent species on the prowl. Diving seabirds are a great way to find feeding schools of fish.
Bait: We are fortunate to have a great variety of baitfish. Filling the live well with threadfins, scaled sardines, pinfish, grunts, mullet, ladyfish and shrimp will provide action for any targeted species. The main goal is to have the proper bait for any situation.
Tactics: Slow trolling threadfin herring this time of year off the beaches can entice any of the pelagic species to bite. I start by finding schools of baitfish less than a mile from the beach and deploying baits on a light drag setting using light wire to prevent breakoffs from toothy fish. Large offshore redfish have been a surprise catch while trolling off the beach this fall.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit www.captainrobgorta.com.