What's hot: The wind velocity has been higher recently, making time on the water dangerous, difficult or just miserable. The tropical entity to the east will churn local waters for the next few days. Fishing had been really good up to now. After a few days, the bay will settle and anglers should be able to score good catches.
Tip: If you must fish in the wind, use a section of chain on the anchor line. Some consider chain a noisy hassle, but on a breezy day, it is a friend. A 3-foot chain above the anchor will aid its effectiveness regardless of the anchor type. Even automated pole-style anchors struggle on windy days.
Tactics: When fishing on less-than-perfect days, hold the rod tip low to the water to help prevent a big bunch of slack line that often occurs.
Timing: This is one of the best times of the year for fishing in our area. The season just happens to coincide with more tolerable air temperatures. But check the marine forecast before going out to prevent a lot of grief and even some horror stories.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email [email protected] or visit snookfish.com.