Focus: With many options available it has become difficult to focus on one species. So choosing a particular fishing method such as anchoring, drifting, or trolling may be easier. Combining a specific method with a specific location can also help. Catching multiple species has become the norm so carry a variety of tackle and baits.
Offshore options: Recently, kingfish are the most popular offshore species. Spanish mackerel are prevalent in many of the areas holding kings. Combining both species has been the obvious choice as they will both respond to the same baits when chummed. We've used light spinning gear and small wire leaders to minimize cut-offs and maximize excitement.
Inshore options: Snook are always a popular inshore target and the populations of juvenile fish appear healthy in back country areas. Redfish also have frequented many of these same mangrove shorelines and respond to the same baits so this is an easy combination. We've used the same spinning outfits for the snook and reds that we used for the mackerels. Wire leaders were changed to fluorocarbon to reduce line visibility in the clear water.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727)510-1009.